The Sydney Swans have continued their undefeated start to the AFL season, with a three-point win over Essendon.
The Swans prevailed 11-17-83 to the Bombers’ 12-8-80 at the SCG, after scores were tied in the final quarter.
Lance Franklin kicked three goals, including his 950th career goal, in his return from injury.
Sydney coach John Longmire says it was a tough match.
“They had 36 tackles in the last quarter; their pressure rate in that last quarter was through the roof,” says Longmire.
“To their credit, they were pretty good. We certainly didn’t kick very straight, which hurt us a little bit on the scoreboard.”
Essendon coach Ben Rutton says the Swans were in their element.
“It was a really tight contested game – high pressure, contest to contest,” Rutton says.
“Sydney’s been very strong at that for a long time.”
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