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By the numbers: Round 15

July 3, 2017 12:26 PM

AFL 2017 Round 15 - Carlton v Adelaide

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Josh Jenkins of the Crows is congratulated by his teammates after kicking a goal during the 2017 AFL round 15 match between the Carlton Blues and the Adelaide Crows at Etihad Stadium on July 01, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media)

Brad Crouch and Brodie Smith were the equal-leading possession winners at the MCG on Saturday with 30 each.

Smith gained 614 metres – ranked 11th for Round 15 – and had the highest retention rate (76.7 per cent) of any of the top 10 metre-eaters on the weekend.

Forward Josh Jenkins laid a career and team-high 13 tackles against Carlton, while Brad Crouch also reached double figures (10).

Only St Kilda’s Jack Steele (17) and Blue Bryce Gibbs (15) applied more tackles for the round than Jenkins.

The Crows led the League for tackles (87) on the weekend.

Jenkins was the leading goalkicker on the ground on Saturday with three. Since returning to Adelaide’s AFL team in Round 10, Jenkins is ranked second in the AFL for goals with 14.

Matt Crouch won nine clearances – equal with Carlton star Patrick Cripps as the most for the game. The younger Crouch brother had a team-high 14 contested possessions among his 29 touches.

Brad (11) and Matt (11) Crouch combined for 22 possessions in the final quarter alone.

Read more about the Crouch brothers’ clutch last quarter

Crows onballer Richard Douglas generated a game-high seven inside 50ms. He also won seven clearances and assisted in two goals.

Defender Rory Laird had more rebound 50ms than any other player with nine – ranked equal-second in the competition for the round.

Adelaide only allowed the Blues to score from 34 per cent of their forward 50m entries – the third-best record of any team in Round 15.

Saturday’s 12-point win was Adelaide’s fourth-straight at the MCG. The Crows travel to the venue again in Round 19 to play Collingwood.

Only Greater Western Sydney have won more interstate games (five) than Adelaide so far this season.

The victory consolidated the Club in second spot on the AFL ladder.

It was Adelaide’s narrowest win of the season.

The Crows have won four of their past six matches. Only the resurgent Sydney Swans have won more games (five) than Adelaide in this period.

Like the Crows, GWS and Geelong, who played out a draw on Saturday night, have won four of their last six games since the start of the bye rounds.

Match statistics
Disposals
Adelaide – 353
Carlton – 394

Disposal efficiency
Adelaide – 71%
Carlton – 75%

Kicks
Adelaide – 185
Carlton – 240

Handballs
Adelaide – 168
Carlton – 154

Clearances
Adelaide – 38
Carlton – 33

Inside 50ms
Adelaide – 50
Carlton – 50

Contested possessions
Adelaide – 140
Carlton – 151

Uncontested possessions
Adelaide – 218
Carlton – 243

Tackles
Adelaide – 87
Carlton – 83

Hit-outs
Adelaide – 40
Carlton – 51