As ex­pected, Crows put Suns to the sword

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - LAINE CLARK

AN in­jury de­pleted Gold Coast may not be the best form gauge but Ade­laide coach Don Pyke still liked what he saw in the Crows’ 75-point AFL win yes­ter­day.

Ade­laide were never threat­ened by a plucky but out­classed Suns as Tay­lor Walker kicked five ma­jors, top­ping the Crows’ list of 13 dif­fer­ent goal kick­ers.

The re­sult seemed in­evitable af­ter Ade­laide went into the Met­ri­con Sta­dium clash as un­back­able $1.04 favourites against a Suns out­fit with just five AFL-listed play­ers avail­able for re­serves duty.

Yet Pyke still ran the rule over the Crows yes­ter­day af­ter dis­ap­point­ing back-to-back losses against West­ern Bull­dogs and Gee­long. Ade­laide could not put the Suns away de­spite the hosts adding to their hor­ror in­jury list, los­ing Darcy Macpher­son (knee) and Cal­lum Ah Chee (con­cus­sion) by the sec­ond term.

Pyke still walked away from the 22.17 (149) to 11.8 (74) win in front of 11,692 be­liev­ing Ade­laide were back on track.

“It was a game where we needed a bit of a re­sponse from how we played the last cou­ple of weeks — I thought as a group that they did that,” he said. “We ap­pre­ci­ate the Gold Coast sit­u­a­tion at the mo­ment is dif­fi­cult. But we saw some pos­i­tive signs to­day.”

Wayne Mil­era and Mitch McGovern both bagged three goals as Ade­laide shared around the ma­jors but re­sisted the temp­ta­tion to break their struc­ture and queue up for them against a gutsy Suns.

“That’s been one of our key strengths this year. When we’ve won we’ve gen­er­ally had a re­ally even con­tri­bu­tion,” Pyke said. “That stood out again to­day. We had guys who had an im­pact on the game at var­i­ous stages.”

Un­for­tu­nately for Ade­laide, a goal-less Ed­die Betts was not one of them.

“We’ve al­ways re­lied on that even con­tri­bu­tion,” Pyke said. Ed­die will have his days when he kicks three or four, other days Josh Jenk­ins does - to­day Tex (Walker) did.

“To­day we had a nice even spread — that’s when we play our best footy.”

For Gold Coast, it was their sixth straight loss and their ninth loss in as many games against the Crows.

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