Rampant Brisbane Lions run across the exhausted, brave west coast at GABBA

An understaffed West Coast sneaked bravely and Brisbane lost another tall forward, but the Lions still did as expected in a 75 point AFL race in the Gabba.

Daniel McStay’s nasty singles role in the first quarter saw the host win 16.9 (105) to 4.6 (30) on Saturday night as the Eagles took the lead despite massive absences due to injury and illness.

McStay joined other big goals Joe Daniher (shoulder) and Eric Hipwood on the injury list, though Hipwood could return from his ACL tear next week.

It was the smaller men of the Lions (7-1) who went to work instead, Charlie Cameron (four goals) who continued his good form, Hugh McCluggage (four goals, 26 touches, 10 tackles, four assists) who his shoes filled and Cam Rayner (two goals) is also growing in confidence.

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