Walker stars as Crows down Suns in AFL

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Adelaide stalwart Taylor Walker has bagged another six-goal haul to inspire the Crows to a 10-point AFL win over a gallant Gold Coast.

Walker's heroics propelled the Crows to a nerve-jangling 14.11 (95) to 12.13 (85) triumph at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

The former Adelaide skipper followed his returns of five and six goals in the opening two games with another half-dozen - he booted 6.3.

The Crows, last year's wooden-spooners, banked a second win from three games this season with coach Matthew Nicks hailing Walker's performance.

"He had a number of contests he was in where you just sometimes sit back and clap your hands and say, 'that was genuine individual brilliance'," Nicks said.

Walker's teammates Brodie Smith (26 disposals) and captain Rory Sloane (35 touches, 11 clearances) were superb while Rory Laird (28 possessions), Ben Keays (26 disposals) and Paul Seedsman (27 touches) were influential.

Gold Coast spearhead Ben King kicked a career-high four goals and emerging star Noah Anderson gathered a team-high 26 disposals.

Linkman Brandon Ellis (25 touches, one goal) was prominent and ex-Crow Hugh Greenwood collected 23 touches including 10 clearances.

But the Suns now have two losses in three games and concern over co-captain Jarrod Witts, who was substituted in the third term because of a left knee injury.

Suns coach Stuart Dew said he expected ruckman Witts to miss "a number of weeks", with scans to provide an exact diagnosis.

The Suns were overrun after a fast start when they controlled all aspects of the first quarter, bar one - Adelaide's Walker.

Gold Coast raced to a 3.2 to nothing lead before the ball even entered Walker's territory - and when it did, the former Crows skipper continued his sparkling form with three goals for the quarter,

The Suns led 5.6 to 5.0 at quarter-time before scoring dried up in the second term.

There wasn't a goal until the 19th minute when Crow Harry Schoenberg converted a set-shot from a tight angle, but the Crows scored another two in the next two minutes to create an 11-point halftime buffer.

Adelaide's lead rapidly disappeared in the third stanza as the Suns scored three consecutive goals in a tick over nine minutes, including two more to the imposing King.

But the Suns soon lost Witts to injury and Walker again inspired an Adelaide rally.

The Crows spearhead booted two more goals and Shane McAdam followed with another as the home side crept seven points ahead at three quarter-time.

The Suns kicked two quick goals in the last quarter to hit the front only for the heroic Walker to slot his sixth goal with about eight minutes remaining.

That strike gave the Crows the lead, which they clung to in a frantic finish.