Kangaroos belt Crows in bottom-two clash

02 August 2020 19:39:38 GMTPlus10

North Melbourne put bottom side Adelaide to the sword at Metricon Stadium, with a 69-point rout that snapped their six-game losing streak.

The Kangaroos went into the game just one place above Matthew Nicks' side, but showed there was a gulf between the teams as they won 19.5 (119) to 7.8 (50).

They racked up the highest score by any side this season and bettered their own previous highest total by more than five goals.

Coach Rhyce Shaw saw his gamble of dropping star pair Ben Brown and Jared Polec pay off.

The Kangaroos had seven multiple goalkickers, Cam Zurhaar leading the way with three majors.

They jumped out to a 23-point lead at quarter-time, and after the Crows steadied in the second term Shaw's side booted three late majors to take a 34-point advantage into the main break.

North were not in the mood to ease down in the final term, kicking seven goals to one to give themselves a significant boost in percentage.

All eyes were on Kangaroos big man Majak Daw as he played his first AFL game in more than 700 days. He had a long shot at goal before half-time but his kick sailed wide, however he got another chance at goal early in the last quarter and this time made no mistake.

Adelaide, who have now lost their first nine games of the campaign and their last 12 overall, had no potency in attack after the withdrawal of veteran spearhead Taylor Walker through illness. Mature-age small forward Shane McAdam (2.2) was their only multiple goalkicker.

North Melbourne are 3.70 to win their next game against Geelong, who are 1.30.

The Kangaroos are 1.91 with a 15.5-points start.

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