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Swans do it easily in horror night for Pies

Lance Franklin the latest Indigenous player to call out racism in Australia. Photo: Getty
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Lance Franklin has made a triumphant return to the AFL as Sydney monstered Collingwood by 80 points in a horror start to the Pies’ season.

Franklin finished with four goals and the Swans piled on 10 straight goals between the first and third quarters on their way to a 18.25 (133) to 7.11 (53) win on Saturday at the SCG.

Compounding the Pies’ woes was an ankle injury to champion midfielder Dane Swan in the first five minutes, which could sideline him for several weeks.

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After the match Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said Swan would need surgery on the injury, which included a “broken fibula and fractures in his foot”.

And their misery might last beyond Saturday after another of their prime movers after Steele Sidebottom was reported for a bump on Dan Hannebery.

Franklin, who missed Sydney’s 2015 finals campaign because of a mental health issue, kicked a goal inside the first 40 seconds and nailed three long-distance shots in the second.

One of the senior figures in a youthful Swans side, 29-year-old Franklin had a fifth major goal scrubbed for an off-the-ball incident involving a teammate.

But he moved into 20th on the leading goal-kickers list with his second goal and finished the evening on 710, which is the most by any current player.

He had plenty of support with Luke Parker, Tom Mitchell, Jake Lloyd and Kieren Jack running riot and their three AFL debutants contributing, with lively small forward Tom Papley kicking three goals.

The Swans led by as much 90 in the final quarter and would surely have won by a three-figure margin had they kicked more accurately.

Collingwood were so inept in the first half that Franklin had outscored them 25-10 by halftime, and two other Swans, Mitchell and Papley, had also contributed more than the entire Collingwood outfit.

The Pies’ service to their forwards was so poor that spearhead Travis Cloke didn’t record a disposal in the first half.

One of the few bright spots for Collingwood was from former Giants midfielder Adam Treloar.

Meanwhile, star ruckman Todd Goldstein has led North Melbourne to their first round-one AFL win since 2009.

Goldstein was outstanding in the last term as the Kangaroos beat Adelaide by 10 points at Etihad Stadium, 16.11 (107) to 14.13 (97).

Continuing his All-Australian form from last season, the North ruckman put his team in front with a goal three minutes into the final quarter.

It was the first time the Kangaroos had led since early in the first quarter.

In a pulsating, physical game with plenty of niggle, North then held their nerve.

Crows livewire forward Eddie Betts kicked his first goal of the game to put them back in front, but Drew Petrie then responded and a superb soccer volley from Taylor Garner gave them breathing space.

Goldstein had seven disposals and took four marks in the final term.

– with AAP

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