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24th June, 2021
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Brisbane have made a statement with tall forward Joe Daniher booting four goals as the Lions defeated Geelong 13.16 (94) to 7.8 (50) at the Gabba.

Brisbane’s gun forwards have fired to deliver the Lions a massive 44-point AFL win over Geelong at the Gabba.

Joe Daniher kicked four goals for the Lions on Thursday night while Charlie Cameron booted three, including a third-quarter effort after a high-flying mark, as Brisbane moved to third on the ladder with the 13.16 (94) to 7.8 (50) win.

The star duo were ably supported by ex-Cat Lincoln McCarthy and Eric Hipwood, who kicked two goals each.

The victory is Brisbane’s sixth straight win at the Gabba and only their second win over the Cats since 2013, while defeat ends Geelong’s six-game winning run.

“It was important for us to try and start to win against those other top four sides,” Lions coach Chris Fagan said.

“We haven’t been able to do that at all this season yet, so it’s always better as you’re going into the latter end of the year to record those sorts of victories if you can. So, yeah, pleasing.”

It wasn’t just Brisbane’s frontline firing, with Daniel Rich, captain Dayne Zorko and Mitch Robinson among several influential players for the home team.

Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale also played his part, despite an injury scare in the first quarter where he appeared to hurt a shoulder following a tackle by Jeremy Cameron but quickly returned to play out the game.

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In contrast, Geelong’s big three forwards – Cameron, Tom Hawkins and Gary Rohan – had a tough night as they were smothered by Brisbane’s defence.

All three failed to kick a goal until the fourth quarter when Hawkins and Rohan broke their ducks, with Isaac Smith and Zach Tuohy the only multiple goalkickers for the visitors.

Cats’ captain Joel Selwood (13 disposals) also had a quiet night by his lofty standards.

“It’s a long time since we’ve been beaten that badly,” Cats coach Chris Scott said, before adding the defeat wouldn’t have him reaching for the panic button.

“You never come away thinking, ‘Oh, well, that’s fine’. We can’t completely gloss over it but there’s a big body of evidence that we’ve put together now.

“I’m not in the business of castigating players who have been really good for you for a long period of time, on the basis of one performance.”

The Lions burst out of the blocks in the opening term, dismantling the Cats through the middle of the field with some superlative transition football.

The hosts kicked four unanswered goals, and missed a couple of gettable shots, while holding the Cats goalless in the opening.

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Their lead had extended to 36 points by the time the Cats got their first goal of the match through Tuohy.

Patrick Dangerfield and Smith added two more as the Cats sparked a mini revival.

The aggression that marked the clash between these two sides in Round 2 re-ignited in the second term with multiple skirmishes between players and 21 free-kicks handed out in the quarter.

Out of the chaos, the Lions regained ascendancy and took a 34-point lead into the main break.

That lead had extended to 43 going into the final quarter, with Cameron’s mark of the year contender before his third goal the highlight as the Lions professionally saw out the game in the final term.

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