It was a scrappy affair in the South when the SUNS took on the Power at the Adelaide Oval. The skies opened up shortly after the first bounce, turning the match into one of wet weather territory gain rather than skill. The SUNS competed hard in the first half but ultimately ran out of steam and were overcome by the Power. Some key takeaways from the match have been broken down below:
Game of two halves
The SUNS brought the fight to the Power in the opening half, going in with a nine-point lead at quarter time, then four-point lead at half time. The forward pressure in that opening half was exceptional, with the SUNS capitalising on the Power’s defensive turnovers on the scoreboard.
However after half-time it was all one-way traffic. The Power were first to the ball and dominated the inside 50 count to run away with the 38-point win. The contested possession count was another key statistic which swung Port’s way in the second half (179 – 162 for the match) and will be a focus this week ahead of Sir Doug Nicholls Round against Geelong.
Fiorini flourishes in wet
After missing a week with knee soreness, SUNS midfielder Brayden Fiorini was back to his damaging best against the Power on Sunday. Fiorini amassed 38 disposals in the trying conditions and kicked the first goal of the game. He also had five clearances and a team-high nine inside 50s for the match.
The week on the sidelines aside, Fiorini has been one of the club’s most consistent players this season. He’s averaging a tick under 30 disposals per match, but is still working hard in other areas with five marks and five tackles per game also. He provides grunt in the SUNS’ midfield and has proven his exceptionality in all conditions.