AFL 2019: physical treatment for Lachie Neale, Brisbane defeats Port Adelaide, Chris Fagan calls him at the top, Ken Hinkley

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Coach Chris Fagan is hailing Brisbane's new maturity for facing an "exaggerated" attack against stellar midfielder Lachie Neale during a 48-point deforestation of Port Adelaide AFL.

Neale was relentlessly directed to the beginning of Brisbane's victory of 14.13 (97) at 6.13 (49) on a rainy oval Adelaide Oval on Sunday, with Porto coach Ken Hinkley saying that the team he wanted to "terrorize" him.

But the Force of Power tactics failed while the Lions produced a series of seven consecutive goals in the first 22 minutes.

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"I thought it was a bit exaggerated, to be honest," Fagan said of Port's treatment of Neale.

"He was beaten, wasn't he? But hopefully, what he shows is that we are not a one-man band in our midfield: we have a lot of guys in there who can contribute."

Targeted, the Lions respond

Targeted, the Lions respond

01:09

Port deployed a tag on Neale from Cam Sutcliffe, who was a member of Neale's wedding party.

Neale was harassed at most of the passes, including being beaten by Dougal Howard of Port in an off-ball success that was penalized and led to a goal in the Lions.

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"Lach managed well and our team did too," Fagan said.

"We didn't go crazy and we continued to play the ball".

Lions press conference

Lions press conference

09:32

Harbor coach Ken Hinkley admitted that his players "misguided" their aggression against Neale, who finished with 24 placings and five within the 50's.

"We do not apologize for being an aggressive team," Hinkley said.

"(But) we made some mistakes at the beginning of that game with our aggression.

"Clearly with Lachie Neale, we were trying to defend him and slow him down … in the past, he's a player who caused us (a) huge amount of pain.

"What Brisbane has shown is that, as a collective, they were still too good for us."

Power press conference

Power press conference

07:12

Lions rank third in the ranking and will play four of the six remaining games on their Gabba base.

But the season of Port Yo-yo continued, slipping from seventh to ninth and still without success from the six and five rounds.

Lions Dayne captain Zorko was superb with three goals and 24 dives, team-mate Charlie Cameron scored four goals in his 100th AFL game and Jarryd Lyons collected 36 placings.

Lions go from shoulder to shoulder

Lions go from shoulder to shoulder

02:29

Port's Sam Gray scored two majors while defender Darcy Byrne (30 possessions), Robbie Gray (32 divestments, one goal), Travis Boak (32 divestments) and Ollie Wines (32 touches) fought against the tide.

But the loss of power was compounded by the loss of the backman Ryan Burton. Face at least a month on the sidelines after tearing a hamstring while chasing the livewire of the Lions Cameron in the third quarter.

– AAP

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