Lion's late roar not enough
...eight goals from the Lions handed them the lead in the closing stages, only for the Kangaroos to snatch victory with a goal in the final two minutes of the game.
The weekly AFL wrap, care of Andy Morris.
Geelong became the first side to reach nine wins in 2010 after a 24-point victory over the West Coast Eagles.
A below-par performance threatened to cause an upset as the Eagles, with only 17 players for much of the second term, piled the pressure on the first-placed Cats. Geelong, however, were able to hold on to take the win, 18.14 (122) to 14.14 (98).
Collingwood defeated the Western Bulldogs for the second time, adding a 17.11 (113) to 16.7 (103) victory to its opening round success over the Bulldogs.
The defeat was the Bulldogs' second in two games, casting doubts over their premiership credentials as they slipped to sixth on the ladder.
St Kilda survived a third quarter scare to hold off Richmond with a 38-point victory.
The Tigers closed the deficit to 14 points in the third term before the Saints made the game safe, winning 14.13 (97) to 8.11 (59).
Adelaide scored its third win of the season with a 23-point defeat over a disappointing Fremantle.
With final scores of 16.9 (105) to 12.10 (82), the Crows moved to within two wins from a top eight position.
Melbourne suffered a 41-point defeat at the hands of Carlton as the Blues added further weight to its top five position.
The Blues' 7.4 first term provided an early lead, which they never conceded, and they went on to secure the 15.11 (101) to 9.6 (60) victory.
Sydney ended a four-game losing streak with a 12.17 (89) to 12.8 (80) victory over a valiant Essendon.
The game started out bathed in sunshine, then the weather turned, and the tightly contested game was a thrilling encounter with an end result of the Swans holding on in driving rain.
North Melbourne ended a thrilling game with a single-point victory over the Brisbane Lions, 12.18 (90) to 13.11 (89).
With a third quarter lead of 44 points, the game looked done and dusted for the Kangaroos, but eight goals from the Lions handed them the lead in the closing stages, only for the Kangaroos to snatch victory with a goal in the final two minutes of the game.
Hawthorn's patchy ascendancy continued as it moved into a top eight position care of an 11-point victory over Port Adelaide.
The Hawks survived a third quarter comeback from the Power, where the Hawks seemed to drop out of the play, only to fire up again in the final term and secure a 10.14 (74) to 8.15 (63) win.
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