Port down Swans, stay alive for AFL finals

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Port Adelaide have overcome the loss of two injured players to down Sydney by 23 points and revive their AFL finals hopes.

The Power triumphed 12.10 (82) to 8.11 (59) at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Port, after losing their initial five games, are just two wins outside the top eight.

"We have been pretty consistent for a period of time but we have still got to keep going," Power coach Ken Hinkley said.

"We have put ourselves in a position that is going to be pretty challenging but we're up for the challenge."

Port duo Zak Butters (knee) and first-gamer Brynn Teakle (collarbone) were both hurt in a 10-minute span in the second quarter.

After leading by four points at halftime, the Power steamrolled Sydney with a six-goal burst in a third term punctuated by two brain fades from Swans ruckman Peter Ladhams, playing against his former club for the first time.

Ladhams threw Port's Lachie Jones to the ground some 50 metres behind play - the resultant free was paid downfield and gifted Sam Powell-Pepper a goal.

Two minutes later, Ladhams tackled Power star Ollie Wines and then crudely punched the Brownlow medallist in the ribs while he was on the ground.

That act also resulted in a downfield free which was converted into another Port goal.

Ladhams can expect a stern talk with his coach John Longmire.

"There's no point talking about it now, you're not going to solve anything straight after a game," Longmire said.

"He will learn from that 10-minute block ... hoped it didn't happen, it happened, hopefully he learns from it."

Ladhmans' indiscretions came as Port booted 6.2 to nothing in a tick under 17 minutes to create a match-defining 42-point lead.

Power forward Todd Marshall dominated with four goals, Wines was superb with his 33 disposals featuring six inside 50s and 11 clearances and fellow on-baller Connor Rozee's 29 disposals featured eight inside 50s.

Isaac Heeney was the standout for the Swans, kicking four goals, while and Luke Parker (25 touches, 10 clearances) and Callum Mills (27 disposals, one goal) toiled gamely.

The seventh-placed Swans raced to a 19-2 advantage in the first quarter with their three big guns - Lance Franklin, Heeney and Mills - all scoring goals.

But Port kicked 12 of the next 14 goals despite suffering double injury blows in the second term.

Dynamic midfielder Butters faces "some time" out because of a suspected medial ligament injury in his left knee, coach Hinkley said.

And just 10 minutes later, ruckman Teakle, who joined Port in the mid-season draft two-and-a-half weeks ago, broke his left collarbone in a bump with Swan Justin McInerney.

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