Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Buddy Back to His Best

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Buddy Back to His Best

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IT DIDN'T take long for Lance Franklin to get whiff of blood.

The end result? Destructive and match-winning.

But at the same time, the superstar Swan could also find himself under the Match Review Panel's scrutiny today.

After registering just six goals from his previous four games, Franklin - and his Sydney teammates - returned to form in exhilarating fashion on Sunday afternoon as the Swans dismantled a hapless Brisbane Lions outfit at the SCG.

The 30-year-old produced his best game of the season to date, booting 8.4 from 16 disposals and nine marks (six inside 50), with his eighth coming just before the stroke of full-time.

"It was nice just to hit the scoreboard," Franklin told Fox Footy. "This year I've been a little bit off and inconsistent with my game, so hopefully I can be a little bit more consistent going forward now."

But Franklin is set for a nervous 24 hours, with a jumper punch on Lion Nick Robertson during the third term set to be assessed - and potentially punished - by the MRP. …

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