St Kilda coach Ross Lyon unleashes as Lions run riot at The Gabba

St Kilda were boosted by a gigantic splash from coach Ross Lyon, who set the team on fire after allowing 44 points in the first quarter.

But the result didn’t change completely as the Saints’ two-match winning streak ended with a 19.12 (126) to 16.10 (106) defeat to the Lions.

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Both clubs missed chances early in the piece. Lions star Joe Daniher managed to knock down a tough shot from the sideline, putting the Lions on the board. Logan Morris followed quickly, scoring his second goal in a row as Brisbane piled up the points.

At the first break, Brisbane led 7.2 (44) to 2.1 (13).

The Lions were able to transfer the ball from their defensive half with an efficiency of 75%, a performance labeled as “ginning” by Demons great Garry Lyon on Fox Footy.

This led to a huge spray from Lyon at half-time.

The Saints had an early scoring opportunity in the second period, but Mason Wood crashed into the post. Brisbane continued their dominant performance, with an uncontested scoring causing St Kilda major problems.

Despite this, the Saints managed to regroup. Jack Higgins banked back-to-back goals to win the quarter.

“A decent response to Ross Lyon’s burst in the quarter-time,” said Channel 7 commentator James Brayshaw.

But Brisbane wasn’t going anywhere. Daniher responded with an important goal at the other end which undid much of St Kilda’s hard work in the final 10 minutes which had brought the visitors back into the game.

Higgins kept the Saints alive by scoring his third goal of the season after drawing a high free kick.

At half-time, Brisbane led 10.5 (65) to 6.6 (42).

Daniher extended Brisbane’s lead from 15.9 (99) to 9.8 (62) with his fourth goal just before three-quarter time. But early in the final quarter, St Kilda scored three consecutive goals, with Liam Henry capitalizing on a Dayne Zorko turnover to cut the deficit to 20 points.

“It’s getting dangerous for the Lions, St Kilda are on them,” said Matthew Richardson from the commentary box.

However, a costly 50m penalty awarded Logan Morris an easy set shot, bringing the momentum back to Brisbane with the clock ticking down.

But the Lions finished strongly with two more goals, including Daniher’s fifth of the night, to secure victory for the hosts.

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