Western Bulldogs big identify Marcus Bontempelli has establish West Cruise to the sword for the 2d time this three hundred and sixty five days to lead his aspect to a 55-point AFL win at an empty Optus Stadium.
Bontempelli tallied 29 disposals, 10 clearances, and three targets in the 13.20 (98) to 6.7 (43) win on Sunday.
The Eagles trailed by 21 points at three-quarter time, however the Bulldogs slammed house the first six targets of the final time frame – including three to Aaron Naughton – to flip it into a demolition.
Bontempelli suffered a tiresome apprehension when he grabbed at his acceptable shoulder after crashing to the turf in a spoiling try.
The 25-three hundred and sixty five days-aged, who starred with 30 disposals and three targets in the round two win over West Cruise, turned into as soon as in a local to play on despite the discomfort.
The final result improved the Bulldogs’ file to 11-3, whereas West Cruise dropped to 8-6 and lost 5.3 per cent.
West Cruise’s underdone midfield turned into as soon as destroyed despite the enlighten dominance of Nic Naitanui in the ruck.
Naitanui, up against Tim English, tallied 20 disposals, 39 hitouts and eight clearances.
However the returning Luke Shuey (20 possessions) and Tim Kelly (14 disposals), and the likes of Andrew Gaff, Jack Redden, and Dom Sheed would possibly perchance well perchance now not capitalise at ground level.
In distinction, the Bulldogs had Bontempelli, Jack Macrae (32 disposals, one perform), Bailey Smith (31 disposals, two targets), and Lachie Hunter (27 disposals) starring.
Eagles goalsneak Liam Ryan will likely be suspended for a high bump that caught Jason Johannisen in the jaw.
Though Johannisen turned into as soon as in a local to play on after being medically cleared, the truth Ryan selected to bump would possibly perchance well perchance result in a one-match ban, very corresponding to the incident that observed Jordan De Goey cop the identical penalty.
The Bulldogs received the inside 50m count 17-8 in the opening time frame and had eight scoring photos to 2, however their lead at quarter time turned into as soon as appropriate 13 points which means that of inaccuracy.
Their frustrating rush in entrance of perform continued early in the 2d time frame, with the Bulldogs having 2.12 to their identify sooner than Bontempelli nailed one from 30m out when the cases began to dry out.
A glean imprint to Naughton in the dying minutes of the time frame organize a perform to Toby McLean, giving the company a 20-point lead on the main ruin.
Bulldogs defender Ryan Gardner turned into as soon as subbed out early in the third quarter when he injured his acceptable shoulder in a heavy collision with Josh Kennedy.
There turned into as soon as more carnage to come help, with English, Eagles midfielder Andrew Gaff, and Bulldogs midfielder Tom Liberatore all suffering cuts on their head.
Smith booted two targets for the time frame, however two targets to Eagles forward Oscar Allen within the keep of a minute saved West Cruise in the match.
Then again, the game turned into as soon as establish to bed early in the final quarter as Naughton establish on an aerial word and duly converted his appropriate work.
Bontempelli establish the icing on the cake with a miracle snapped perform from the pocket.
The final-quarter onslaught turned into as soon as so spoiled that Eagles coach Adam Simpson establish his face conceal over his eyes at one point.