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Rory Sloane celebrates a purpose all the way through the Crows’ tight victory over the Cats at Adelaide Oval. (AAP: David Mariuz)
Adelaide has an AFL finals pulse after a gritty 15-point win Geelong however the Crows will sweat on Adelaide captain Taylor Walker’s record for a head-high bump on Zach Tuohy.
Walker was once booked all the way through Adelaide’s 16.16 (112) to 14.13 (97) triumph at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night time, with teammate Bryce Gibbs additionally attracting fit evaluate scrutiny for a behind-play block, which felled Cat skipper Joel Selwood.
The incidents got here because the Crows, with Tom Lynch kicking 4 objectives, put some fats on their slender finals probabilities.
They’re one win out of doors the highest 8 forward of weekend fits.
Walker crunched Tuohy after the Cat defender had tapped the ball ahead – the Crow skipper’s proper shoulder was once tucked in however struck him within the head.
The Geelong backman lay inclined ahead of being helped from the sphere however returned to motion.
Selwood additionally returned to the fray after being compelled from the sphere by means of a Gibbs front-on block some 15 metres off the ball.
Each flashpoints got here as Adelaide defied its former membership champion Patrick Dangerfield (3 objectives, 33 disposals, 10 tackles) and his Cats, who stay in 7th position.
Geelong made the early working ahead of Adelaide seized momentum and an eight-point half-time lead.
The Crows then streeted to a reputedly at ease 30-point benefit when vice-captain Rory Sloane transformed an extended set shot past due within the 3rd time period.
Sloane, who midweek inked a multi-million greenback five-year contract extension, was once mobbed by means of his teammates because the parochial 46,095-strong Adelaide Oval crowd went wild.
However his nice mate Dangerfield led a Geelong rally – he kicked two objectives within the remaining quarter and Tom Hawkins (4 objectives) transformed every other to cut back the margin to 8 issues with 8 mins left.
Adelaide’s seven-gamer Lachlan Murphy then settled the Crows’ nerves, and the end result, by means of slotting his 3rd purpose.
The scoring feats of Crows Lynch and Murphy have been supported by means of two objectives each and every from Josh Jenkins and Jordan Gallucci.
Part-back Rory Laird (43 disposals) was once exceptional, whilst onballers Sloane (27 touches), Matt Crouch (30 possessions) and Rory Atkins (28 touches) have been prolific ball-winners.
Dangerfield was once a standout for the Cats, fellow Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett was once influential with 32 disposals, skipper Selwood accrued 29 touches and Tim Kelly’s shocking debut season persisted with 28 possessions and a purpose.