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By the numbers: Rd 4

April 18, 2016 4:03 PM

AFL 2016 Rd 04 - Adelaide v Sydney

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 16: Rory Laird, Kyle Hartigan, Brodie Smith and Kyle Cheney of the Crows celebrate their win during the 2016 AFL Round 04 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Sydney Swans at the Adelaide Oval, Adelaide on April 16, 2016. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media)

The crowd of 51,330 at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night was the biggest-ever for a game between the Crows and Swans, eclipsing the previous best of 47,426 at the venue in Round Three, 2014.

It was the second time this season in excess of 51,000 fans have packed Adelaide Oval to watch the Crows play. Adelaide’s Round Two (51,585) and Round Four crowds are the second and third-highest home game attendances in the Club’s history. The biggest-ever turn out for a Crows home match was 52,460 against West Coast at Adelaide Oval in Round 22, 2015.

Adelaide’s 10-point win snapped a four-game losing streak against Sydney dating back to 2012. The victory was the Crows’ third straight this season, putting the Club seventh on the AFL ladder.

There were 13 lead changes during the hard-fought game on Saturday night.

The Crows (167) and Swans (164) ranked top-two for contested possessions in Round Four.

Of Rory Sloane’s 24 possessions, 19 were contested. Only Hawthorn champion Sam Mitchell (20) had more contested possessions for the round. Sloane also won 11 loose-ball gets – the equal-most of any player on the weekend.

Sloane and teammate Scott Thompson laid an equal-game high 10 tackles against Sydney. Only Collingwood tough nut Levi Greenwood (13) and North Melbourne skipper Andrew Swallow (11) applied more. Thompson had game-high 25 pressure acts in his 250th club game.

Forward Tom Lynch was involved in a team-high 11 scores from his 21 touches on Saturday night. Lynch, who booted three goals against the Swans, has now kicked nine majors in his last two games.

The Crows scored 113 points (16.17) on Saturday night – the highest score against the stingy Swans since Hawthorn in Round 16 last season. The Hawks and West Coast are the only two other teams to have kicked in excess of 100 points against Sydney since 2014.

Prior to the weekend, Adelaide had been restricted to nine goals or less in the previous four games against the Swans.

Eddie Betts bagged another four goals against the Swans, improving his season tally to 13 – fourth in the Coleman Medal race. Gold Coast star Tom Lynch leads the way with 18 goals.

Rory Atkins collected a career-high 25 possessions against the Swans. Atkins, who operated at 80 per cent efficiency, also took six marks, generated six inside 50ms, assisted in two goals and kicked one of his own in a polished display.

Daniel Talia effected nine spoils on Saturday night – ranked equal-fourth on the weekend. Fellow defender Kyle Hartigan had eight spoils in another strong performance.

The Crows generated 61 inside 50ms against Sydney – the most of any team against the Swans this season.

Match statistics
Disposals

Adelaide – 372
Sydney – 372

Disposal Efficiency
Adelaide – 69%
Sydney – 70%

Kicks
Adelaide – 211
Sydney – 186

Handballs
Adelaide – 161
Sydney – 186

Clearances 
Adelaide – 42
Sydney – 39

Inside 50ms
Adelaide – 61
Sydney – 57

Contested Possessions
Adelaide – 167
Sydney – 164

Uncontested Possessions
Adelaide – 206
Sydney – 205

Tackles
Adelaide – 80
Sydney – 86

Hit-outs
Adelaide – 47
Sydney – 44