Hope for Teague as Blues win three in a row

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - ROGER VAUGHAN

CARL­TON care­taker coach David Teague has taken an­other mas­sive step to­wards se­cur­ing the job full-time with the Blues’ up­set 27-point AFL win over Ade­laide.

The 13.9 (87) to 9.6 (60) win at the MCG yes­ter­day puts the Crows out of the top eight and will have even greater ram­i­fi­ca­tions for Ade­laide, who have lost four of their past five games.

By con­trast, the resur­gent Blues have won five out of seven since Bren­don Bolton’s sack­ing at the start of last month.

Carl­ton have won three in a row for the first time since early in 2016.

The win also nar­rows the gap be­tween Carl­ton and Ade­laide on the lad­der, which is sig­nif­i­cant given the con­tro­ver­sial Liam Stocker live trade in last year’s na­tional draft. The higher the Blues fin­ish up the lad­der, the bet­ter that highly spec­u­la­tive trade looks for them.

Just as Teague’s star is soar­ing, Blues mid­fielder Pa­trick Cripps has surely gone three votes closer to the Brown­low Medal with a sublime per­for­mance.

Cripps had 39 dis­pos­als – 24 of them con­tested – and 19 clear­ances. Ade­laide only had 29 clear­ances as a team.

Key de­fender Liam Jones also con­tin­ued his out­stand­ing form by shut­ting out Josh Jenk­ins, while ruck-for­ward Levi Cas­boult played out of his skin with three goals and 10 hit-outs.

The Crows made big se­lec­tion calls for this game, par­tic­u­larly the ax­ing of for­ward Ed­die Betts.

His re­place­ment Tyson Sten­gle kicked the first goal.

Ade­laide opened with two of the first three goals but the Blues led by four points at quar­ter-time.

Pic­ture: MICHAEL WILL­SON/AFL PHO­TOS

Carl­ton’s Levi Cas­boult cel­e­brates one of his three goals against Ade­laide yes­ter­day

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