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Neale and Hipwood star as Lions roll Dogs

BROWNLOW Medal favourite Lachie Neale starred again to help Brisbane climb into second spot on the AFL ladder with a comfortable 24-point win over the Western Bulldogs.

The Lions prevailed 14.12 (96) to 11.6 (72) in a fast-paced contest at the Gabba on Saturday night.

Charlie Cameron sent a huge scare through the home camp when he jumped for a mark and landed awkwardly during the final term.

The All-Australian forward lay clutching his left knee and hobbled from the field with trainers.

But he was assessed by club medical staff and sent back out on the field with the joint strapped before sitting out the last two minutes.

Prolific midfielder Neale led a dominant Lions midfield with a season-best 36 disposals, 12 clearances and a goal alongside fellow standouts Dayne Zorko (24 possessions) and Jarryd Lyons (26).

Their control of the contest led to a 54-46 inside-50 advantage and helped the Brisbane forwards deliver on their promise to improve their accuracy after kicking themselves out of the match in a loss to Richmond four days earlier.

Eric Hipwood kicked five goals for the winners in his best return of the season as Callum Ah Chee, Zac Bailer and Hugh McCluggage kicked two apiece.

Jack Macrae led all ball-winners with 40 disposals for the Bulldogs, including 13 in the first term, and Marcus Bontempelli (30) was busy as usual.

But the visitors had few clear-cut winners in a third-straight defeat that left them sitting outside the top-eight.

Key forward Aaron Naughton kicked one goal from six disposals in his return from a syndesmosis injury as the Bulldogs’ talls struggled to fire in attack.

Mitch Wallis kicked three goals for the Dogs, including the first two of the match.

But he was outdone in the opening quarter by Lions forward Ah Chee, who kicked two at the other end and took a huge mark with a sit on Dogs defender Ryan Gardner.

A scintillating five-goal burst from the Lions before half-time broke the game open as Neale, Zorko and Lyons ran riot and gave the home side a 30-point advantage at the main break.

They never looked like being seriously challenged from that point, marching to an 8-2 record to sit second behind ladder leaders Port Adelaide.

(C) AAP 2020

BRISBANE LIONS 3.4 9.8 13.10 14.12 (96)

WESTERN BULLDOGS 3.1 5.2 8.2 11.6 (72)

Goals: Brisbane Lions: E Hipwood 5 C Ah Chee 2 H McCluggage 2 Z Bailey 2 D McStay L Neale M Robinson. Western Bulldogs: M Wallis 3 S Lloyd 2 A Naughton B Dale J Bruce J Macrae M Bontempelli P Lipinski.

Umpires: Robert Findlay, Craig Fleer, Brent Wallace.

Official Crowd: 11,061 at Gabba.