Fremantle bask in overcome a six-aim Lance Franklin masterclass to post a two-point AFL exhaust over Sydney at a slippery Optus Stadium.
Franklin had three desires to his name by halftime in Saturday night’s match, and he booted one other three in a pulsating final time length to give Sydney a four-point lead with 5 minutes final.
But the game had one final twist, with Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe booting what turned into out to be the winning aim a minute later.
Fyfe, who entered the match with 2.16 to his name, threw the ball onto his boot from 20 metres out while falling to ground after receiving the faucet from ruckman Sean Darcy.
The 12.14 (86) to 13.6 (84) exhaust snapped a three-sport shedding fling for Fremantle (5-5).
Franklin completed with 6.1 and 10 marks from 18 disposals in a performance that mirrored his first examine Optus Stadium in 2018 when he kicked eight desires in a match-winning demonstrate against West Flee.
“It used to be a astronomical tussle,” Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir talked about of Griffin Logue’s battle against Franklin.
“We had been interested in changing the match up. But for Griff’s trend, it used to be astronomical for him to play on him and I believed he used to be winning ample nice moments himself.”
Fyfe used to be monumental for the Dockers with 27 possessions, 13 clearances and the plod-forward aim, while Rory Lobb booted four desires and took four contested marks.
The exhaust got right here at a fee for Fremantle, who lost spearhead Matt Taberner in the third quarter with an correct ankle ruin.
Sydney lost defender Robbie Fox in the 2nd quarter after he used to be by chance poked in the leer.
“He used to be implausible,” Swans coach John Longmire talked about of Franklin.
“It’s astronomical to take into myth him in that kind of device.”
Franklin booted two desires in the outlet quarter to position the tone – the 2nd of which used to be a bomb from beyond the arc.
The 34-yr-outdated produced one other magical 2nd in the 2nd quarter when he nailed a aim on the bound from 60m.
The ball took one bounce sooner than going thru the aim and ending up in the cooler procure that holds the spare balls.
The lead used to be 21 aspects when Will Hayward scored from close vary a minute later, but a Michael Walters aim reduced the margin to 15 aspects at half of-time.
Tempers flared because the groups headed for the rooms, with Franklin’s jersey ripped in half of after he used to be caught in a stand-off with Fremantle defender Luke Ryan.
Fremantle booted 4.5 to 0.1 all over a dominant third quarter, with Fyfe tallying 9 possessions and three clearances for the time length to give the Dockers a 13-point lead.
But Franklin switched the momentum in a topsy-turvy final time length.
He nailed a 55m bomb on the seven-minute impress, and three minutes later gave Sydney the lead courtesy of a delicate free kick.
Fremantle rookie Josh Treacy launched his bask in 55m aim to give the Dockers support the lead, but Franklin snatched it support for Sydney when he juggled a impress 15m out from aim after which conducted on to snap indubitably.
Fyfe returned fire from a stoppage with four minutes to plod, and Dockers defender Luke Ryan made a in point of fact necessary ruin with 18 seconds final to snuff out Sydney’s final roll of the cube.