BRISBANE has hung on to second place by the skin of its teeth, edging St Kilda by two points in a nail-biter at the Gabba on Sunday afternoon.

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Played in front of 13,750 spectators - the biggest crowd in Brisbane this season - the home team again suffered from the goalkicking yips but did enough to win 6.14 (50) to 7.6 (48).

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Watch the last two minutes: BL v StK

Enjoy the thrilling final moments between the Lions and the Saints

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It was the Lions’ third victory by less than a goal in the past six matches.

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Pride surrounds Lion cub after first goal

Lions debutant Tom Fullarton gets pounced on by teammates after notching his first ever AFL goal

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Jarrod Berry (20 disposals and two goals) was excellent for the victors, while Harris Andrews (16) led a defence that was under pressure for much of the final quarter.

Jack Billings brought the Saints within three points with a neat checkside finish, before Zak Jones sprayed his hurried right foot shot wide with less than three minutes remaining.

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Bend it like Billings taken to new level

Jack Billings conjures an amazing goal over his shoulder to keep the Saints' hopes alive

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It was the final score of the match.

Brisbane led by 11 points at quarter-time, four at the half and 10 at three-quarter time but could never free themselves of the Saints, with inaccurate goalkicking again a major problem.

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Hipwood hanger gets Gabba rocking

Eric Hipwood reels in a beautiful speccy to create a huge buzz around the ground

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To St Kilda's credit, it never relented and showed its performance against Geelong two weeks ago was an aberration.

Jones (23) and Jack Steele (25 and 10 tackles) were terrific for the gallant Saints.

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Saints speedsters serve up gift for Butler

The Saints link up beautifully through the middle of the ground and feed goalsneak Dan Butler for a cool finish

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Brisbane's goalkicking woes continue
Brisbane's inaccuracy has been a problem for much of the season and again reared its head. The Lions dominated the first quarter but kicked just 2.5 and then again were all over the Saints in the third term for a return of 3.6. The conditions were windy and not everything was straight forward, but the repeated misses kept the opposition in the game far longer than they should have been. Forward Eric Hipwood was the chief culprit – among many – kicking three behinds and failing to make the distance on another gettable shot. 

Is Linc McCarthy in trouble?
Brisbane's powerhouse half-forward Lincoln McCarthy could come under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer for a second-quarter bump on young Saint Ben Paton. With the ball bouncing around Brisbane's 50m arc, McCarthy went to shepherd Paton as teammate Jarrod Berry collected the ball. The block appeared to get Paton high and with some force, although it's unclear exactly where. Paton laid on the ground for 30 seconds but got back to his feet and played on.

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Could Lincoln be in trouble for this bump?

Lincoln McCarthy may attract attention from the MRO after collecting St Kilda's Ben Paton high

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Saints' Man of Steele
Jack Steele continued his fine season with another workhorse midfield display. Steele was the engine for the Saints all day, racking up nine first-quarter disposals, 18 by the half and 22 with an important goal by three-quarter time. He finished with 25, including 17 contested. With Seb Ross doing a first-rate negating job on Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale – keeping him to 19 disposals – Steele was the most prolific midfielder on the ground. The 24-year-old surely has strong claims for an All Australian berth. 

 

BRISBANE     2.5       3.6       6.13     6.14 (50)
ST KILDA       1.0       3.2       6.3       7.6 (48)

GOALS
Brisbane:
Berry 2, Bailey, Cameron, Fullarton, McCarthy
St Kilda: Butler 2, Billings, Kent, Marshall, Membrey, Steele

BEST
Brisbane:
Andrews, Berry, Lester, Bailey, Zorko, McCluggage
St Kilda: Steele, Jones, Marshall, Ross, Hill, Membrey 

INJURIES
Brisbane:
Nil
St Kilda: Nil