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Dozen up for unstoppable Swans

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Lance Franklin has helped Sydney make history at the SCG, smashing AFL rivals Carlton by 71 points on Saturday night to equal their all-time club record of 12 straight wins.

Not since their days as South Melbourne have they enjoyed such a streak, the most recent in 1935.

The 18.14 (122) to 7.9 (51) victory keeps the Swans one game clear of Hawthorn at the top of the ladder and red-hot favourites to take out the 2014 premiership.

It’s a tag John Longmire’s men never looked in danger of losing against the Blues, who went into the match clear underdogs.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse knew his side’s round-17 clash was going to be a challenge – claiming mid-week that Sydney had the strongest and deepest list he’d ever seen in football.

And, boy, did they prove him right.

A 10-goal, third-quarter blitz – including five from superstar forward Lance Franklin – turned what was a tough early battle into a whitewash in front 34,965 fans.

Wind and occasional rain kept goals at a premium early on, with just seven points separating the sides at half-time.

But that blew out to as much as 78 points in the final term, as the Swans looked to the stars and took flight.

Franklin booted an impressive six goals, while fellow forward Sam Reid nabbed four.

It did, however, take the home side nearly 18 minutes to get the game’s first major, thanks to a hard-running Gary Rohan.

The visitors hit back through Brock McLean moments later, only for Nick Malceski to nail a 50m penalty just before the first break to keep the Swans ahead by eight.

The 2012 premiers remained in control in the second quarter, although the Blues refused to give in.

They laid on four majors in the term, including one after the half-time siren from Blaine Johnson – his first in AFL – to take it to 6.6 (42) to 5.5 (35).

While the Blues managed to restrict $10 million man Franklin to just five touches – and no points – in the opening half, it later proved worthless.

A free kick early in the third term gave him his first goal of the night and triggered an avalanche of majors to the Swans.

Adam Goodes, Jared McVeigh and Luke Parker joined Franklin and Reid as scorers in the penultimate quarter, in which the Blues were kept goalless.

Brownlow Medal contender Josh Kennedy put in another stunning performance, finishing with a massive 29 contested possessions.

Dane Rampe also impressed in defence before being subbed, while Ben McGlynn successfully kept Blues star Chris Judd at bay.