Brisbane climb to second after thrilling late show

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Brisbane has overcome North Melbourne by 12 points in a thriller to move into second place in Daniel Rich's 200th game.

A late goal from Oscar McInerney under controversial circumstances put the Lions in front with less than a minute on the clock and they were able to hold on.

The Kangaroos led by as much as 21 points in the first half before the Lions midfield got on top and didn’t let North have any chance going forward, keeping them scoreless in the third quarter.

Here’s everything you need to know!

The Talking Point: Oscar McInerney’s late winner

Brisbane dominated the majority of this contest, but the win could possibly be overshadowed by the way that it came about.

McInerney was paid a free kick for an illegal block with Roos defender Scott Thompson the victim. A number of AFL stars shared their thoughts on the decision including Steven May and Patrick Dangerfield.

With the game tied at the time, the decision ended up being the deciding factor in the closing stages.

The Moment: Cunnington loses his bearings

Ben Cunnington found himself as the butt of online jokes after winning a clearance and launching the ball fifty metres in the wrong direction when the ball was in North’s attacking half.

The resulting kick was marked by Robbie Tarrant and eventually resulted in a goal so the question is; was it a case of getting lost from Cunnington or was it, in fact, a moment of genius.

What’s next?

Brisbane will look to make it six wins in a row when they travel to Tasmania to face the Hawks in game where they will fancy their chances.

North’s schedule doesn’t get any easier as they face a trip to Perth to face West Coast. The Roos lost their last game at Optus Stadium by 82 points against Fremantle back in round 1.

Full Score

Brisbane Lions: 1.4, 4.7, 7.12, 12.15.(87)
North Melbourne: 5.0, 8.2, 8.2, 12.3.(75)

GOALS

Brisbane Lions: Christensen 3, Lyons 2, McInerney 2, Cameron 2, McCarthy, McCluggage, Rich
North Melbourne: Brown 3, Larkey 2, Thomas 2, Wood 2, Cunnington, Higgins, Polec

BEST

Brisbane Lions: Lyons, Zorko, Neale, Answerth, Berry, Hodge, Rich
North Melbourne: Higgins, Cunnington, Polec, Goldstein, Williams

Reports: Nil

Injuries: Nil