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Tex ignites the Crows against the Gold Coast Suns

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2nd April, 2021
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A bag of goals from Taylor Walker has helped ensure a ten-point victory against the Gold Coast Suns at the Adelaide Oval.

Continuing his blistering form, he kicked six goals three in a monumental effort.

Rory Sloane and Rory Laird dominated in the midfield for the Crows, getting 35 and 28 disposals respectively. Brodie Smith was in great stride off half back, ending with 26 disposals.

The Suns were well represented as Ben King played a great role up forward, finishing with four goals to his name.

Up-and-comer Noah Anderson had 26 touches, Brandon Ellis got 25 touches and a goal, while the former Crow Hugh Greenwood got 23 disposals with ten clearances, throwing his weight around with vice-like tackles.

The visiting team threatened early on, kicking the opening three goals, before Walker kicked a nerve settler from 33 out.

Taylor Walker

(Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

The Suns were hot early, beating Adelaide to the ball and scoring freely as the Crows hardly touched the ball.

The Suns led by a goal at quarter time as Sam Berry kicked his first AFL major from a high free kick to trim the lead.

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The second quarter was a grinding slog, as both teams put the brakes on, chipping the ball around, with no aggressive kicks through the corridor and no fast breaks.

Near the end, Harry Schoenberg nailed a nice goal from a rough angle. It was inspiring, as the Crows kicked another two in the final two minutes.

The third quarter was different, as the Suns kicked three early goals relatively quickly, clawing their way back in front.

Jarrod Witts went off with a knee injury. The Suns’ medical staff had him jogging near the boundary to get him back on, before calling it a night and putting ice on him.

Adelaide’s offence didn’t give up despite the momentum change, replying with three majors, including a nice dribbler from Shane McAdam, putting his team up by seven before the start of the last term.

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The last quarter was a nail-biting thriller as the pressure and crowd noise shot up like a rocket. The Suns threatened to win, as they kicked two goals to take the lead, before the Crows responded in an appropriate manner, pulling the reins of the game to take back control.

The game ended in a ten-point victory as Taylor Walker kicked his sixth, putting the home team up by three points, before Ned McHenry took the advantage from a holding-the-ball free kick and bounced the ball through the big sticks.

The Crows will take on North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium next Sunday, while the Suns will host the Blues at home on Saturday night.