Carlton registered its second win of the season with a scrappy 11-point victory over the Gold Coast Suns.
The Blues led for the majority of the game, running out 9.16 to 8.11 winners at Metricon Stadium, but it was the defensive group who largely led the charge for the visitors.
The Blues restricted the Suns to 20 shots on goal from their 45 inside 50s, with co-captain Sam Docherty leading the way for his side.
Docherty amassed 28 disposals, 25 of which were kicks, and nine rebound 50s, with eight marks and a team-high 516 metres gained.
Jacob Weitering and Liam Jones were also strong in their key defensive positions, collecting 21 disposals apiece and finishing with 12 and 13 intercept possessions respectively.
Coach David Teague laid high praise on the pair post match, but also lauded the ability of the Blues’ entire defensive unit for their efforts in the past fortnight.
“Our backline probably got really challenged after the Collingwood game,” Teague said post match.
“After the last two weeks, they’ve really bought into their role and getting their job done is something they should be really proud of.”
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Among the other impressive performers in Carlton’s backline were Sam Petrevski-Seton, who gathered 23 disposals and 10 marks as he continues to build into his defensive role.
Recruit Adam Saad gathered 21 disposals at 81% efficiency, 11 intercepts and accumulated 497 metres gained, while Lachie Plowman kept Suns forward Izak Rankine goalless and collected 16 disposals of his own.
Teague also shared his contentment with his side’s performance in the last quarter of the match, despite an inability to convert scoring shots, as the Blues kicked a goal and seven behinds.
“I know we didn’t finish on the scoreboard, [but] to fight the game out the way they did, I thought our guys remained in the moment,” Teague said.
“They kept competing… I was really impressed with the last quarter.”
“[They were] challenged after the Collingwood game, and after the last two weeks, they’ve really bought into their role and getting their job done is something they should be really proud of.”
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