Star West Coast pair Dean Cox and Daniel Kerr suffered injury scares and Darren Glass was reported as the Eagles cruised to a 98-point AFL triumph over Brisbane in Perth on Sunday.
Glass faces a nervous wait after delivering a late and high bump on Brisbane forward Jonathan Brown in the final quarter of the 28.7 (175) to 12.5 (77) romp.
The West Coast defender, running from the opposite direction, turned his body and jumped into the air at the last second in a high-impact collision with Brown.
Tempers threatened to boil over as Brown, who has suffered two serious facial fractures over the past two years, lay wounded on the ground.
Although the Lions skipper soon recovered to kick the goal, Glass faces a nervous wait ahead of next Saturday’s derby against Fremantle.
Cox looked to be in bad shape as he slowly trudged from the field early in the second quarter after landing awkwardly in a ruck contest.
Kerr soon joined him on the sidelines after tweaking something in his left leg.
The pair joined the rest of their teammates in running out for the second half, but only Cox played on as Kerr sat on the bench before being subbed out early in the third quarter.
Ruckman Nic Naitanui was best afield in the triumph, taking three spectacular marks to go with his 15 possessions, three goals and 36 hitouts.
The result was never in doubt after West Coast booted seven goals to two in the opening quarter, with West Coast’s 12th win of the year moving them back to within four points of Collingwood.
Brisbane (7-10) remain in 13th spot on the table, and were dealt a further blow when defender Matt Maguire injured his right ankle in the third quarter.
The Eagles had winners all over the park, with returning midfielder Luke Shuey, Beau Waters, Andrew Gaff and Matt Priddis all finding plenty of the ball, while forward Jack Darling booted five goals.
West Coast led by 63 points at the final change, and inflicted even more pain in the final quarter with an 11-goal blitz.
Along with his high-marking, Naitanui was just as dominant at ground level.
Among his many highlights was an excellent running goal in the final quarter, with Naitanui fending off Todd Banfield before sprinting 30m to kick truly.
|GOALS – WEST COAST: J Darling 5; J Hill 4; A Hams, N Naitanui 3; S Hurn, D Cox 2; B Sheppard, B Waters, M Priddis, Q Lynch, C Masten, L Shuey, P McGinnity, A Gaff, S Selwood|
BRISBANE: J Brown 3; D Zorko, D Merrett, J Hawksley 2; J Adcock, J Redden, J Polkinghorne.
BEST – WEST COAST:N Naitanui, B Waters, A Gaff, S Hurn, J Darling, L Shuey, D Glass.
BRISBANE: J Redden, S Black, A Raines, J Adcock, D Zorko, J Brown.
INJURIES - WEST COAST: D Kerr (hamstring).
BRISBANE: M Maguire (ankle).
UMPIRES: M Nicholls, G Fila, A Mitchell
CROWD: 35,767 at Patersons Stadium.
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