Buddy hopes fierce Swans are here to stay

Off the back of his man-of-the-match eight goal haul against the Lions on Sunday, Franklin believes the Swans big win can light a fire and get the Swans' season rolling.

The enigmatic big man was spectacular for the Swans, kicking goals with impunity from all quarters, with five at half time and eight at full time.

Had he converted three set shots in the second half, he would have had his first eleven goal haul, and his second biggest since his infamous "thirteen, thirteen!" game.

The Swans discovered their competitive and physical best against the Lions, with a resounding 54 point win, built on the base of unrelenting physical pressure and aggressive attack on the man and ball.

Contrary to what the scoreline suggested, the key indicators suggested the contest was even after quarter time, with the Swans ahead just one in contested possessions (129-128), behind one clearance (36-37) and even in tackles (55-55).

As is often the case, the result proved a different story, with the Swans capitalising on six more inside 50s to record their first win of the season, their 10th straight against the Lions, and a result Franklin thinks will set the Swans up for the coming weeks.

“Just that hit around the contest – that’s where most games are won,” Franklin said in the rooms post match.

“We’ve been lacking that, definitely in the first few rounds (so) to get that back was really good…hopefully that gets our season rolling.

“A lot of the boys’ confidence has been down as you’ve probably seen over the last few weeks. We can take a lot of confidence with the way we played today.

“We need to keep training hard and then bring that on the weekend. For us, it’s just about that consistency, week in, week out.”

Franklin owned the SCG on Sunday afternoon with his eight-goal haul, one goal short of his best performance at the ground, and it was a big return from a player who, by his own admission, has been down on form.

“It’s always nice to kick a few goals,” he added. “I’ve probably been a bit inconsistent with the way I’ve played this year. It was nice to kick a few but it will be nice to keep that going.”

He was a focal point throughout the match, targeted nine times by team mates, with Franklin amassing 8.4 from his 12 shots on goal as well as 15 score involvements, seven inside 50s and 16 disposals.

Most importantly, it was the work of his team mates to not pass to him when he was under immediate pressure, including Zak Jones, who twice ignored him, setting up Cunningham and kicking a goal himself.

It's a timely return to form for the big man, and with an impressive career average of three goals and 14 disposals against the Roos, long may this rich vein of form continune, having propelled himself back into Coleman medal contention.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

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