Carlton led by as much as 19 points against the Eagles before a third-quarter blitz from Adam Simpson’s side put them in the box seat to win their sixth straight match.
Yet again, the Blues face questions over their consistency, with Sunday’s game another instance of them conceding an alarming streak of scores.
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Umpires threw the ball up from the opening bounce with greasy conditions and heavier rain expected throughout the match.
A wet weather scrap ensued for the opening period of the game before Andrew Gaff marked directly in front and nailed the set shot from 45 metres out for the first goal of the match.
Carlton’s Zac Fisher announced his return to the side with a crafty snap in front of goal to get Carlton on the board.
Levi Casboult had a chance from 40 metres out to put the Blues ahead, but a shocking attempt saw him miss the goalface altogether.
Thankfully for Blues fans, Sam Walsh capitalised on a loose ball minutes later to put his side in front.
West Coast forward Jack Darling earned a controversial free kick 50 metres out for a tackle on Sam Petrevski-Seton, which was compounded by a 50 metre penalty to gift Darling a certain goal.
The Blues showed no signs of wilting in the second term, as Zac Fisher booted his second. Carlton continued to look dangerous around goal.
There were concerns for a trio of important Blues, with Patrick Cripps, Jack Martin and Marc Pittonet all requiring attention from Blues medicos.
Cripps shifted forward and looked dangerous despite there being concerns he was carrying an injury. Michael Gibbons recieved a free kick for a block on him and converted to put the Eagles up by seven points in front of a stunned crowd.
Martin emerged from the rooms with ice on his groin, leaving him unlikely to return to the field.
Still, Carlton showed no signs of slowing down, with Zac Fisher booting his third goal of the half to create a 13-point buffer.
Zac Fisher’s career-best performance continued almost as soon as the third quarter began, with the 22-year-old booting his fourth goal.
From then on, the Eagles flicked the switch, beginning to dominate in general play and piling on five goals to enter three-quarter time with an 11-point lead.
Although Will Setterfield scored the first goal of the fourth quarter to bring the margin under a goal, West Coast continued on from the form of the third quarter to pile on goals and put the game to bed.
Dom Sheed booted two superb goals in the final quarter as part of West Coast’s charge to victory, while Nic Naitanui was simply brilliant yet again.
Patrick Cripps battled hard but looked inhibited, but a more positive sign for Carlton was the form of Zac Fisher, who booted a career-high four goals in his first match since Round 1.
Carlton will face Fremantle on Saturday, while West Coast will go in favourites against Hawthorn at Optus Stadium next Sunday.
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Actu monde – AU – Eagles storm to sixth straight win as Blues rue yet another head-scratching collapse