A PROFESSIONAL Port Adelaide unit has done enough to reclaim top spot with a win against a spirited Sydney at Adelaide Oval.

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Holding a 32-point half-time buffer, the Power looked set to canter to victory before taking their foot off the pedal to allow the Swans back into the contest.


The visitors got within 18 points at the final break before Charlie Dixon's stunning fourth goal early in the last term swung back the momentum for the Power, who won 11.7 (73) to 7.5 (47). 

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Dominant Dixon pumped after this ripper

Spearhead Charlie Dixon loves his work after booting his fourth goal

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After Geelong fleetingly held top spot following victory over the Western Bulldogs on Friday night, the Power wrested it back with just three games left in their season. 

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Port champion Robbie Gray starred in the opening term with two majors and 11 disposals as the Swans were suffocated by the home side's forward pressure. 

Ken Hinkley's men registered 11 forward 50 tackles in the opening term before setting up their imposing lead at the main break through a 30-10 clearance dominance.  

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Fine Wines caps off Port's powerful second term

WIth the half-time siren seconds away, bullocking onballer Ollie Wines snaps a goal

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A number of tactical moves – including Aliir Aliir into the ruck, Callum Sinclair forward and Tom McCartin to defence – had the Swans hold the Power goalless in the third term. 

The Swans could have bridged the margin more at the final break had they taken their chances in front of goal. 

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But Dixon's fourth – and 27th of the season – early in the last term fended off the Swans and kept the spearhead within sight of Coleman Medal leader Tom Hawkins (35). 

Tom Rockliff, Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper combined for 18 clearances, while Gray finished with a game-high 10 score involvements to be the best man on the ground.

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All over as a fired-up Westhoff seals it

A classy snap from Justin Westhoff effectively ends the contest with Sydney

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Battle of Nic Nat's understudies
Scott Lycett (2018) and Callum Sinclair (2015) both departed West Coast to become No.1 ruckmen after spending time behind Nic Naitanui. On Saturday, Lycett took the points as they met again. The Power dominated the first-half clearances 30-10, despite Sinclair leading the Swans to a 21-19 hitout count. It prompted Swans coach John Longmire to swing Sinclair forward, with Aliir Aliir replacing him in the middle to arrest the differential and Tom McCartin moving back and holding his own on Charlie Dixon. The only dampener on Lycett's day was a brutal falcon during the third term. 

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Port big man cops massive falcon

Power ruckman Scott Lycett is blinded by the sun and wears the Sherrin right on his face

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Butters melts under no pressure
Power second-year sensation Zak Butters looked set to waltz into an open goal and extend his side's lead during the first team. But after two quick bounces, Butters stumbled before hyper-extending his left knee in what appeared a nasty incident. Fortunately, it had no impact on his day, the 19-year-old continuing his hot recent form to finish with 13 disposals and a goal. 

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Knee scare for Power young gun as goal goes begging

Young Port Adelaide star Zak Butters had hearts in mouths after seeming to hyperextend his left leg while streaming into goal

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Ebert's nasty egg after head clash
After a well-documented series of concussions, Brad Ebert's heavy head knock had the Power officials holding their breath in the third term. The veteran was taken from the ground for assessment before re-emerging with a monster egg on his right cheekbone. Incredibly, he returned to the field in the final term to play out the match.

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Another worrying head clash for Ebert

Power veteran Brad Ebert, who has had issues with concussion over his career, cops another knock in this incident

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PORT ADELAIDE         4.3       8.3       8.4       11.7 (73)
SYDNEY                       3.1       3.1       5.4       7.5 (47)

Port Adelaide:
 Dixon 4, Gray 2, Sutcliffe, Boak, Wines, Butters, Westhoff
Sydney: Reid 2, Papley, Sinclair, Dawson, Blakey, Bell

Port Adelaide: 
Gray, Wines, Rockliff, Dixon, Boak, Powell-Pepper, Lycett
Sydney: Kennedy, Lloyd, Dawson, Papley, Clarke, McCartin 

Port Adelaide: 
Ebert (cheekbone)
Sydney: Nil