Superstar Patrick Cripps’ hamstring harm has rubbed salt into the wound for Carlton after the Blues’ red-hot begin to the AFL season got here to a shuddering halt with a 30-point loss to Gold Coast.
Cripps was subbed out of Sunday’s match on the finish of the primary quarter because the Suns bounced again from final weekend’s loss to GWS in type with a 13.14 (92) to eight.14 (62) win at Metricon Stadium.
With Marc Pittonet (again) a late withdrawal for the Blues, Suns’ ruckman Jarrod Witts had a time out because the hosts gained clearances 45 to 27.
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Witts gained 42 hitouts and picked up seven clearances as he monstered the Blues’ makeshift ruck unit of Tom De Koning and Jack Silvagni.
That dominance within the ruck allowed midfielders Touk Miller (32 disposals, eight clearances) and Noah Anderson (35 disposals, 10 clearances) to star, notably within the absence of Cripps for the Blues.
Lachie Weller was dynamic all through the sport for the Suns as properly, with 31 touches, eight marks and two purpose assists.
Recruit Mabior Chol kicked three majors for the Suns whereas Malcolm Rosas celebrated his first look of the season together with his first three AFL targets and recalled Josh Corbett kicked two targets.
Blues ahead Harry McKay, regardless of copping a heavy knock to his face within the second quarter in a marking contest, kicked two targets for the guests as they suffered their first defeat of the season.
The Blues made a quick begin with Charlie Curnow and Cripps kicking targets contained in the opening three minutes however the Suns responded to kick 5 of the subsequent six majors and have a 15-point lead on the first change.
Cripps’ did not return for the second quarter, whereas Gold Coast misplaced defender Jy Farrar to a hamstring harm early within the second time period.
McKay’s two targets gave the Blues a carry however when Rosas kicked his third after a handball from Witts instantly after a ball-in, the Suns went into the sheds 14 factors clear on the primary break.
The stress appeared to inform on Carlton early within the third time period as they twice conceded 50 metre penalties for off-the-ball scuffles which led to straightforward targets for Chol and Ben Ainsworth.
Late targets within the third quarter to Izak Rankine and Corbett prolonged the Suns’ margin to 6 targets on the last flip.
Both groups traded early targets at first of the ultimate time period earlier than the sport fizzled out within the closing minutes because the Suns cruised to their second win of the season.
Gold Coast journey to Melbourne to face St Kilda subsequent weekend whereas Carlton are again on the MCG towards last-placed Port Adelaide.