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By the numbers: Round 20

August 8, 2016 12:19 PM

AFL 2016 Rd 20 - Adelaide v Brisbane

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 06: Daniel Talia of the Crows clashes with Josh Walker of the Lions during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Brisbane Lions at Adelaide Oval on August 06, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

Adelaide’s 138-point win on Saturday night was the Club’s biggest-ever over Brisbane (Lions/Bears), and the biggest victory by any AFL team this season.

The Crows also kicked their highest-ever score – 27.15 (177) – against Brisbane.

The convincing win swelled Adelaide's percentage from 133.1 per cent to 141.2, and saw the Club leapfrog Geelong and Greater Western Sydney into third place on the ladder.

The Crows fell just one point shy of their largest win, a 139-point annihilation of Richmond in 1993.

Rory Laird amassed 36 possessions for the second consecutive week – equalling his career-high. The small defender operated at an elite 88.9 per cent disposal efficiency. He also led the league in handball receives (22) on the weekend.

Brad Crouch and Rory Sloane each collected 34 disposals to be the No.1 and No.2 ranked midfielders in the AFL in Round 20 according to Champion Data.

Brad Crouch and Laird both had 22 touches to half time at Adelaide Oval.

Sixteen of Brad Crouch’s possessions were contested – a game-high. He also won more clearances (nine) than any player on the ground and laid six tackles.

Sloane and Rory Atkins each sent the ball inside attacking 50m eight times.

Matt Crouch maintained an efficiency of 90.6 per cent with his 32 touches.

Jarryd Lyons finished with a personal best 29 touches in his 50th game on Saturday night.

The Crows had 14 different goalkickers against the Lions, including six multiple goalkickers: Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts and Tom Lynch (four goals each), Josh Jenkins (three) and Sloane and Cam Ellis-Yolmen, who slotted two apiece.

Walker (296) has moved into outright second spot in the Club’s all-time goalkicking, moving past Brownlow Medallist and premiership player, Mark Ricciuto (292).

Laird and Jenkins were each involved in 15 scores – a Round 20-high.

In a reflection of Adelaide’s dominance, the top six players for score involvements across the League on the weekend were Crows: Laird and Jenkins (15), Matt Crouch and Lynch (14), Sloane (13) and Walker, Brad Crouch and Daniel Talia (12 – equal-sixth for the round).

Lively forward Charlie Cameron assisted in four goals – the most of any player in Round 20.

Lynch hauled in 15 marks – more than any other player on the ground.

Talia took a game-high five contested marks and a total of 13 for the match. Only dominant Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn (eight) and Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins (six) took more contested marks for the round than Talia.

Of the All Australian defender’s 13 marks, 10 were from opposition kicks – a Round-20 high.

Talia was just one possession short (27) of equalling his personal best (28), and led the Crows in disposal efficiency (96.3 per cent). He was the second ranked defender (136.7 points) for the round behind only Geelong champion Corey Enright (149 points) according to Champion Data.

Talia also effected a team-high 11 spoils against the Lions.

Brodie Smith applied a team-high eight tackles and took six running bounces – the most of any player on the ground.

Reilly O’Brien chalked up 16 possessions on debut – only Gawn and North Melbourne star Todd Goldstein (19 each) had more possessions among all ruckmen on the weekend. O’Brien also won four clearances behind only Collingwood tall Brodie Grundy (five).

Adelaide restricted the Lions to their lowest score – 6.3 (39) – of the season.

The Crows took 32 marks from opposition kicks on the weekend – 12 more than the next-best team, Geelong.

Adelaide had an average age of 24 years and seven months in Round 20 – the sixth youngest team behind the Lions, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Western Bulldogs and Collingwood.

Match statistics
Adelaide – 477
Brisbane Lions – 284

Disposal efficiency
Adelaide – 80%
Brisbane Lions – 68%

Adelaide – 254
Brisbane Lions – 149

Adelaide – 223
Brisbane Lions – 135

Adelaide – 35
Brisbane Lions – 39

Inside 50ms
Adelaide – 73
Brisbane Lions – 29

Contested possessions
Adelaide – 155
Brisbane Lions – 141

Uncontested possessions
Adelaide – 325
Brisbane Lions – 143

Adelaide – 57
Brisbane Lions – 75

Adelaide – 39
Brisbane Lions – 44