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Crows pip Dockers in AFL pre-season game

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25th February, 2018
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Adelaide’s prized recruit Bryce Gibbs has made an instant impact for his new AFL club in a 10-point pre-season win against Fremantle.

Adelaide won 13.13 (91) to 12.9 (81) in Sunday’s trial game at Strathalbyn, a township about 60km south-east of Adelaide.

Gibbs had 19 disposals by halftime to help the Crows create a 29-point lead at the long break.

But Fremantle, inspired by skipper Nat Fyfe, came back to take a nine-point lead with 10 minutes remaining – only for the Crows to kick three late goals to steal victory.

Gibbs, the ex-Carlton star, finished with 27 touches and clicked with midfield partner Matt Crouch, who collected a game-high 36 possessions.

Adelaide’s Tom Lynch, acting captain in the absence of skipper Taylor Walker and his deputy Rory Sloane, gathered 21 disposals and kicked two goals while Rory Laird was productive with 26 touches.

Crows rookie Lachlan Murphy impressed with three goals and Mitch McGovern and Rory Atkins booted two each.

Fremantle’s Fyfe was outstanding with 27 touches and two goals and onballer Lachie Neale (25 disposals) was busy.

The Dockers’ No.2 draft pick Andrew Brayshaw (14 possessions) showed glimpses of class and Matt Taberner was a leading light in attack with three majors.

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Adelaide, missing 12 players from their losing grand final side from last year, kicked two goals within four minutes of the game.

The Dockers, fielding a near full-strength team, rallied with the next three majors to take a 3.1 to 2.3 lead at quarter-time.

The Crows dominated the second stanza, keeping their opponents to just one point while booting 5.4 themselves.

But the Dockers turned the tide in the third term, kicking five goals to two to sneak within 10 points at three-quarter time.

Fremantle continued to ride their momentum into the last quarter and when Fyfe booted his second major, the visitors led by nine points some 17 minutes into the final term.

But a late scoring flurry from the Crows delivered victory before 6,398 spectators.