Sydney downed the West Coast by 63 points on Friday night and the brunt of the damage was inflicted in an “embarrassing” first half.
As the Swans cruised to an 18.13 (121)-9.4 (58) win over the Eagles in Perth, the West Coast was held to zero points in the first term and two goals before the main break.
The Swans shot 20-2 in the first half, as well as 39 inside 50 against the home side’s 10 – the biggest half-time differential in the inside 50 the AFL since 2018.
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In another indication of its horrific start to the game, it was the West Coast’s first scoreless opening quarter in Perth, after 429 completed games.
The Swans beat the Eagles without megastar forward Lance Franklin, who underwent finger surgery and is expected to miss another game or two.
Melbourne great Garry Lyon called the first half “absolute demolition”.
“An embarrassing scoreboard from a West Coast Eagles perspective, but for the Swans it looks absolutely superb,” Lyon said on Fox Footy coverage.
“They’re all out at sea, on the west coast at the moment,” added Brisbane icon Jonathan Brown, “but Sydney has been beautiful too.”
Lyon added: “There’s nothing good about it.”
Forward Isaac Heeney scored three goals on 16 touches to move up to third in the goal kicking standings.
Callum Mills (28 eliminations), Errol Gulden (27), and Luke Parker (26) were the top bullet winners.
As the West Coast prepares for a clash with Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval next Saturday, Sydney will be looking for three successive wins in a match against Hawthorn in Launceston on Anzac Day.
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