Star forward Lance Franklin believes Sunday’s big win against Brisbane can light a fire from within and get the Sydney Swans’ season rolling.
Sydney rediscovered its competitive and physical edge to defeat the Lions at the SCG and register its first win of 2017 – 20.15 (135) to 12.9 (81) - in front of 25,619 fans.
Contrary to what scoreline suggested the key indicators implied an even contest, with the Swans finishing ahead in contested possessions by only one (129-128), behind in clearances by one (36-37), while the tackle count was squared (55-55).
The result proved that it was a different story as the home side went about taking full advantage of six more inside 50s (54-48) to record its 10th-straight win against the Lions, a result which Franklin thinks will lead to bigger and better things in the weeks to come.
“Just that hit around the contest – that’s where most games are won,” Franklin said in the rooms post match.
“We’ve been lacking that, definitely in the first few rounds (so) to get that back was really good…hopefully that gets our season rolling.
“A lot of the boys’ confidence has been down as you’ve probably seen over the last few weeks. We can take a lot of confidence with the way we played today.
“We need to keep training hard and then bring that on the weekend. For us, it’s just about that consistency, week in, week out.”
Franklin owned the afternoon with an eight-goal haul, one goal short of his best performance at the SCG.
He was a key focal point throughout the afternoon, targeted nine times by teammates, with Franklin amassing 8.4 from his 12 shots on goal as well as 15 score involvements, seven inside 50s and 16 disposals.
It was a big return from a player who, by his own admission, has been below his best of late.
“It’s always nice to kick a few goals,” he added. “I’ve probably been a bit inconsistent with the way I’ve played this year. It was nice to kick a few but it will be nice to keep that going.”
Franklin’s bag elevated him to fifth in the Coleman Medal race on 22 goals for the season, just two behind West Coast’s Josh Kennedy who is leading the count.
Against the Swans’ next opponents, North Melbourne, Franklin averages over three goals and 14 disposals per game.