Star forwards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett have given Sydney a double scare ahead of Saturday’s AFL blockbuster at home against top side Port Adelaide.
The Swans continued to build an imposing head of steam with Sunday’s 35-point win over Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium.
It was third-placed Sydney’s seventh-straight win and they will fancy their chances against the Power, who took St Kilda apart after halftime on Saturday for a 70-point win.
But Franklin has again risked the wrath of the match review panel with a high bump on Suns youngster Clay Cameron in the 17.7 (109) to 10.14 (74) win.
Tippett was also subbed off with a sore knee and looked proppy after the final siren.
Franklin could well escape sanction for the Cameron incident – the Suns player was able to continue playing immediately afterwards.
The Swans star bumped as Cameron kicked the ball and Franklin’s shoulder caught him in the face.
Tippett will have to prove his fitness ahead of Saturday’s big clash.
“Structurally the doctor said it was okay but it was obviously sore enough to sub him so he couldn’t come back on. I’m not sure,” coach John Longmire said.
While Port will start favourites, Sydney’s form lately has probably been even better.
“Clearly they’re the form team in the competition at the moment,” Longmire said.
“They’re two games clear on top of the ladder and have played some terrific teams.
“But we’ll go in with a bit of confidence.”
Also on Sunday, Fremantle continued to build momentum, beating Adelaide in Perth by 40 points.
The 12.18 (90) to 7.8 (50) win was the third-straight for the Dockers, who are within a game of the top four.
The Crows were coming off a big home win last week against the Suns, but continued their win-loss, win-loss inconsistency of the last month.
While Carlton coach Mick Malthouse was furious with the umpiring after Friday night’s five-point loss to Geelong, he acknowledged that his team showed improvement.
He had further good news on Saturday when star veteran Chris Judd successfully returned from injury through the VFL and immediately put his hand up for Friday night’s match against Hawthorn.
Hawks key forward Jarryd Roughead kicked eight goals on Saturday as they stayed second with a 44-point win over slumping West Coast in Launceston.
The Western Bulldogs’ season took another turn for the worse with a shock eight-point loss to Brisbane at Etihad Stadium.
It was the Lions’ second-straight win and took them off the bottom of the ladder at the expense of Greater Western Sydney.
Essendon survived a strong challenge from the Giants to win on Saturday night by 15 points, but captain Jobe Watson is out for up to a month with an upper leg injury.