A battling Crows side has been toppled by a convincing performance from top-four Brisbane during an injury-marred melee at Adelaide Oval.
The Lions struggled to put away their less-fancied opponents for much of the contest, but eventually overpowered the Crows with eight of the last nine goals of the match to win 17.9 (111) to 8.11 (59) at Adelaide Oval.
Brisbane dominated the territory battle early in the match, but Adelaide’s immense pressure made it difficult for the Lions to score until Dayne Zorko capitalised on an errant Crows’ handball deep inside 50 to kick the opening goal.
The Crows soon got on top in the clearances and started to turn the tide, kicking two of the next three goals through Taylor Walker and Paul Seedsman.
Lincoln McCarthy then bobbed up with a goal late in the quarter to give Brisbane a nine-point lead at the first break.
Youngster Riley Thilthorpe got the Crows off to the perfect start in the second term, converting from a strong mark on the goal line.
From there the quarter developed into an arm wrestle, with neither team able to score until Zac Bailey kicked a classy running goal from a forward stoppage.
The Crows suffered a major injury blow in the second quarter, with Taylor Walker suffering a neck strain after sliding into Daniel Rich's hip.
To that point in the game it had been a tight contest as the top-four Lions struggled to shake their lower-ranked opponents, but successive goals to Zac Bailey and Joe Daniher after Tex's exit hurt the Adelaide side.
Adelaide kept throwing all it had at Brisbane but the deficit stretched to four goals at the final break.
Paul Seedsman was yet again a shining light for Adelaide, finishing the game with two goals, 21 touches and 595 metres gained.
Rory Laird led Adelaide's disposal count with a massive 37 touches while youngster Ned McHenry landed nine tackles.
ADELAIDE 2.1 4.4 7.7 8.11 (59)
BRISBANE 3.4 5.6 11.7 17.9 (111)
Adelaide: Seedsman 2, Walker, Thilthorpe, Mackay, Schoenberg, Doedee, Sloane
Brisbane: McCarthy 4, Bailey 3, Cameron 3, Daniher 2, Zorko 2, McStay 2, McCluggage
Adelaide: Laird, Seedsman, Keays, Sloane, Schoenberg
Brisbane: Lyons, McCarthy, Bailey, Zorko, Robinson
Adelaide: Walker (neck strain)
Brisbane: Neale (calf) replaced in selected side by Mathieson, McCluggage (finger)
Adelaide: Jackson Hately (replaced Walker)
Brisbane: Jaxon Prior (unused)
Crowd: TBC at Adelaide Oval