BROWNLOW Medal favourite Patrick Cripps has produced another dominant AFL performance to lead Carlton to a 48-point thumping of Adelaide.
Cripps starred with 35 disposals, nine clearances and two goals in the 17.14 (116) to 10.8 (68) win at Marvel Stadium on Sunday.
The Blues lost livewire forward Jack Martin to a calf injury but it was one of few negatives for coach Michael Voss as his side surged into the top four with a 6-2 record.
Cripps set the tone early with his work in heavy traffic and won 19 contested possessions despite close attention from Jackson Hately.
Carlton’s skipper also had three score assists, including one powerful play when he snared a loose ball and burst through two tackles to set up a goal for Jack Silvagni.
Fellow midfielders Adam Cerra (27 disposals), Sam Walsh (26) and Matthew Kennedy (23) followed Cripps’ lead as twin towers Charlie Curnow (six goals) and Harry McKay (three) feasted on the supply in attack.
Full-back Jacob Weitering was involved in an absorbing duel with Adelaide spearhead Taylor Walker, who kicked two goals from 16 disposals.
Jordan Dawson (30 disposals), Rory Laird (33) and stand-in captain Ben Keays (29) also fought hard for the Crows against the tide.
Walker kicked the opening goal in a fiery start, continuing his strong form on return from his ban for a racist comment, and was jeered by Blues fans throughout the contest.
Tempers flared when Cripps snared his first goal and remonstrated with Hately, and again when Shane McAdam caught Jordan Boyd high.
Cripps had five contested possessions, seven disposals and four clearances by quarter-time and was instrumental in the lead twice blowing out beyond four goals before the main break.
Matters grew uglier still for Adelaide in the third term as they lost Lachlan Murphy to a neck injury and the Blues piled on six unanswered goals – 6.6 to 0.2 – to take complete control.
McAdam (two goals) gave Crows fans something to cheer about with a big grab on Lewis Young’s back as the visitors kicked five of the last seven goals of the match.
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