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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Neale out of Lions’ clash with Crows, GWS stun Dees to send Tigers to ninth

Adelaide 2.1 (13)
Bris.Lions 3.4 (22)

Adelaide: Seedsman, Walker
Bris.Lions: Zorko, Daniher, McCarthy

Adelaide: Laird 9, Keays 8, Kelly 8
Bris.Lions: Robinson 11, Birchall 9, Bailey 8

Adelaide: Kelly 6, Doedee 5
Bris.Lions: Andrews 5, Adams 4, Birchall 4

The Crows would be happy with the way they’ve started this contest.

The Lions are the hot favourites, but certainly haven’t had it all their own way.

Brisbane are dominating the inside 50s 21-9, but have only kicked three goals to two despite also leading the scoring shots 7-3.

The visitors are also on top in disposals 99-91, clearances 16-14, tackles 28-21, marks 12-11 and contested possessions 51-47.

It’s been a scrappy start to this game, but the Crows are making things tough for the Lions who only hold a one-point lead late in the first quarter, 2.2.14 to 2.1.13.

The GWS Giants have overthrown the ladder-leading Demons at the MCG on Saturday to climb temporarily into the AFL top eight and inject some momentum in their run towards finals. Click here to read the full report.

Tom Sparrow is challenged by Phil Davis.

Tom Sparrow is challenged by Phil Davis.Credit:Getty Images

As previously reported, Neale (calf) is a confirmed late withdrawal for the Lions and has been replaced in their selected side by Mathieson.

The medical substitutes are Jackson Hately (Adelaide) and Jaxon Prior (Lions).

Lachie Neale.

Lachie Neale.Credit:Getty Images

Adams has gone to Walker, Andrews has the job on Thilthorpe and Robertson looks like he’s running with Laird.

Here’s some more reaction to the Giants’ super victory…

BRISBANE LIONS 3.3 7.10 7.15 10.23 (83)
ADELAIDE 1.0 2.0 6.3 7.4 (46)
GOALS Brisbane Lions: C Cameron 2 L McCarthy 2 C Ellis-Yolmen D McStay D Rich E Hipwood H McCluggage Z Bailey. Adelaide: B Frampton 2 T Walker 2 B Crocker C Jones M Poholke.
UMPIRES Chris Donlon, Andre Gianfagna, Cameron Dore.
CROWD 7354 at the Gabba.

The wayward Lions have given Adelaide a sniff before prevailing by 37 points in a win punctuated by more injury concerns for captain Dayne Zorko.

Brisbane’s Charlie Cameron took a mark of the year contender against his former club and the hosts dominated on Sunday afternoon to lead by 40 points at half-time at the Gabba. But they were almost made to pay for their wastefulness when the winless Crows kicked four unanswered goals to get within 16 points in the third term.

But, after seven consecutive behinds, Brisbane’s Zac Bailey kicked straight and Daniel Rich skipped one through from 60 metres out as the hosts shot away to a 10.23 (83) to 7.4 (46) win.

Click here to read the full report.

Lions forward Charlie Cameron gets Brisbane's motor running.

Lions forward Charlie Cameron gets Brisbane’s motor running.Credit:Getty Images

Defensively, Adelaide has conceded 91.2 points per game this season – the second-most of any side. Brisbane has conceded 69.9 points per game – ranked third defensively. Since the Lions’ first win of the season in Round 3 though, they have conceded just 64.3 points per game – ranked second.

Here’s some of the reaction the Giants’ upset win over Melbourne…

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