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Parker kicks five in Swans’ win over GWS

Sydney fans turned out hoping to watch Lance Franklin kick his 1000th AFL goal but instead saw fellow Swans champion Luke Parker bag five goals in a 20-point derby victory over GWS.

Franklin, who started the game on 995 goals, added just one as he was well held by Phil Davis during Saturday night’s 17.10 (112) to 13.14 (92) win at Accor Stadium.

Sydney kicked seven straight goals either side of three-quarter time to break open a previously-close game in front of 25,572 spectators.

Parker ignited the Swans’ charge with four second-half majors, claiming the second five-goal haul of his 236-game career as he matched his effort against Geelong at the same venue in 2015.

“Luke’s ability to hit the scoreboard is probably a bit underestimated,” Swans coach John Longmire said.

“He’s been such a good midfielder over the years but we love him going forward too because we know he’s got a great way to craft a goal.”

With fellow midfielders Oliver Florent and Isaac Heeney each kicking three goals and Hayden McLean two, Sydney won comfortably despite a quiet game from Franklin, who notched eight touches, three marks and two score assists.

Franklin brought up goal No.996 in the second quarter when he split the big sticks after GWS key defender Sam Taylor gave away a free kick.

Parker kicked three of his four goals in the third quarter, which ended with Sydney leading by six points.

He added another early in the final quarter and then handballed to Heeney for his second goal, with a third coming soon after as Sydney finished over the top of the Giants.

“(For) a resting mid to kick five goals is disappointing on our defensive side of it,” GWS coach Leon Cameron said.

“Every time (Parker) touches it, he made it count and when we went down inside 50 we were scrambling.

“They were just more efficient.”

The first half was a wildly entertaining shootout, GWS kicking 10 goals to nine to lead by nine points at halftime.

Sydney kicked three of the first four goals to lead by 12, but the Giants slammed on the last four of the term to be up by 15 at quarter time.

Daniel Lloyd kicked two trademark long distance goals and Harry Himmelberg also bagged an opening-quarter double on his way to a team-high three majors.

GWS dominated clearances and contested possessions early on, but Sydney closed the gap after halftime

“There are some changes at halftime that worked and it was mainly putting the pressure around the ball, getting that right and winning some contests and not getting scored against so easily,” Longmire said.

Paddy McCartin performed well down back on his Swans debut, with Longmire noting the former St Kilda key forward played better as the game progressed.

Midfielder Tom Green was a big player for GWS, earning 31 touches, eight clearances and two goals.

Sydney’s Justin McInerny copped a knock to a knee in the closing seconds, but Longmire said the initial diagnosis was not serious.

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