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Lachie Neale snaps a goal from inside 50.

A dominant Port Adelaide performance has seen Fremantle fall to an 89-point loss on Sunday afternoon at Adelaide Oval.

Gun Power midfielder Robbie Gray pulled the strings in attack with six goals and 30 possessions, Port Adelaide made an emphatic statement with their second win to open the season.

In contrast, Fremantle will look to avoid losing their first three games of the season when they host reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs, at Domain Stadium, on Saturday.

Lachie Neale was a shining light on an otherwise forgetful day for Fremantle, racking up 34-disposals with fellow midfielders Bradley Hill and Nat Fyfe in support with 31 and 30 disposals respectively.

Skill errors cost Fremantle, turning the ball over regularly and succumbing to the Power's intense pressure around the ground

"We're really disappointed, it's clearly at the lower end," Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said.

"We came here with high expectations than what we delivered on.

"If you have high expectations and don't deliver, there's going to be disappointment.

"We felt like we knew Port really well, we knew the pressure was really strong, but in simple terms, when the game was there, we ripped the heart out of the team with our ball use, sent it back and turned it over.

"Our stoppage work was OK, but they were seeping out on us and it was like bees to the honeypot a bit.

"Port looked quicker than us and played with an intensity."

The Power regularly found holes in the Freo defence with Charlie Dixon, Gray and Young getting uncontested marks in the forward 50.

The home side kicked four goals to one in the second term to take a commanding 53-point lead into the main break.

They continued the onslaught in the second half to break a four-game losing streak at Adelaide Oval.

NEXT UP
The Power has set up a top-of-the-table clash with cross-town rival Adelaide in the Showdown at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night, 7.10pm ACST. The Freo Dockers have a huge challenge to grab their first win of the season when they host reigning premiers, the Western Bulldogs, at Domain Stadium on Saturday, 5.40pm WST.

PORT ADELAIDE 7.3 11.8 18.9 22.13 (145)
FREMANTLE 2.1 3.3 7.4 8.8 (56)

GOALS 
Port Adelaide: R.Gray 6, Dixon 4, Eddy, Wingard, Wines 2, Boak, Impey, Young, Powell-Pepper, Polec, S.Gray
Fremantle: D.Pearce, Griffin, Neale, Weller, Fyfe, Mundy, Kersten, B.Hill

BEST
Port Adelaide: R.Gray, Wines, Ebert, Dixon, Powell-Pepper, Polec 
Fremantle: Neale, B.Hill, Fyfe, Weller

INJURIES
Port Adelaide: Hartlett (illness, withdrawn from selected side), Polec (possible foot)
Fremantle: Nil

Reports: TBC

Umpires: Chamberlain, Fleer, Ryan

Official crowd: 38,388 

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