The Western Bulldogs reclaimed top spot on the ladder after Cody Weightman kicked four goals in a 29-point win over North Melbourne.
In Sunday’s other results, St Kilda celebrated a nine-point win over Collingwood and the Sydney Swans enjoyed a 92-point thumping of West Coast.
Marcus Bontempelli, Tom Liberatore and Jack Macrae helped the Bulldogs gain control in the midfield to set up the 16.12 (108) to 11.13 (79) victory at Docklands.
A third straight win saw the Bulldogs leapfrog Melbourne, who were upset by GWS on Saturday, into top spot ahead of a meeting with the Swans in round 17.
But it came at a cost as key forward Aaron Naughton was taken out of a match at half-time for the second time in three weeks.
Naughton was searching for a big mark moments before the main break when he threw himself into a pack and landed heavily.
He lay almost motionless for about a minute before being helped to his feet and hobbling off the ground.
Weightman excited Bulldogs fans playing deep in attack and had a first quarter to remember.
The 20-year-old made use of the space afforded to him by Naughton and Josh Bruce to kick three of the Bulldogs’ first four goals.
Mitch Wallis, who was a late inclusion for Ed Richards, bobbed up with three goals in the final term.
Liberatore, Bruce and Bailey Dale kicked two goals each.
Macrae continued his streak of having at least 30 disposals in every game this season, gathering 31 and seven clearances.
Cam Zurhaar kicked four goals for the Kangaroos and pulled down a superb one-handed mark in attack during the final term.
Ben Cunnington (26 disposals and nine clearances) and ruckman Todd Goldstein were also among the Kangaroos’ best and kicked two goals each.
Swans smash Eagles in Geelong
A ruthless Sydney annihilated West Coast to continue the Eagles’ horror record at Geelong’s Kardinia Park.
The match was moved from the SCG due to NSW’s COVID-19 outbreak but the Swans were more than at home in the first AFL fixture in Geelong not involving the Cats.
The Swans put the match to rest early in the second quarter to take a 61-point lead into half-time, having kicked 10 unanswered goals at one stage.
It was West Coast’s lowest score since 1992.
The Eagles’ first-half score of 1.3 (9) was their lowest under Adam Simpson, who started coaching the Eagles in 2014.
The Swans shared the goals around in the 18.10 (118) to 3.8 (26) result, which consolidates their sixth position on the ladder with a 9-6 win-loss record.
The Eagles’ last match in Geelong was in round six when the Cats embarrassed them by 97 points in a performance Simpson labelled as “weak”.
They have now lost eight straight matches at the Geelong venue by an average losing margin of 68 points.
The Swans were back to playing the type of football they showed in the early stages of the season when they defeated premiership favourites Brisbane and Geelong.
Lance Franklin booted three goals and was one of eight Swans to kick at least two majors, taking his career tally to 976 as he closes in on the magical 1,000-goal mark.
Sydney’s forward line dominated the Eagles’ defence, which was made to look dysfunctional, with the Swans scoring 15 times from 32 inside-50s in the first half.
Mills was the Swans’ standout in the midfield with 35 disposals, while ruckman Tom Hickey competed hard with former teammate Nic Naitanui.
Saints see off fast-finishing Magpies
St Kilda held on to beat Collingwood at the MCG, keeping its slender finals hopes alive.
The Saints overcame a wasteful start to kick out to a 49-point lead late in the third term, then saw the Magpies pile on six unanswered goals, but held their nerve to prevail 10.10 (70) to 8.13 (61) in front of 18,082 spectators.
Bradley Hill was back to his best, racking up 30 disposals, while Jack Steele (36 disposals, 14 tackles) and Luke Dunstan (27 disposals, 10 clearances) were also strong through the midfield.
Jordan De Goey (32 disposals) was busy for Collingwood along with Scott Pendlebury and Taylor Adams.
It was the Saints’ second win on the bounce after the bye and put them just two points behind eighth-placed GWS, while the 16th-placed Magpies are still searching for their first win under interim coach Robert Harvey.
Tim Membrey snapped the first goal of the match after several minutes of sustained pressure, before Jamie Elliott quickly responded with what would prove to be Collingwood’s only goal until the third quarter.
Hill racked up 14 disposalss and three inside 50s in the first quarter alone but the Saints largely failed to take advantage of their early dominance and led by 11 points at the opening change.
The Saints were brilliant defensively in the second term — keeping a lacklustre Collingwood goalless — but were wasteful in front of goal and took just an 18-point lead into the main break.
They found their kicking boots after half-time, kicking six goals in the third quarter to take a near-unassailable lead.
Collingwood broke St Kilda’s run of seven straight goals when De Goey kicked truly late in the third quarter, but the Saints led by 43 points at three-quarter time.
The Magpies fought out the match to make for a thrilling finish, but their efforts fell short.