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David Sygall - afl.com.au  August 12, 2017 1:23 PM

Fremantle will now play Richmond at home in our final game at Domain Stadium next Sunday.

Sydney's premiership push continues to gain frightening momentum, with the Swans humbling Fremantle by 104 points at the SCG on Saturday. 

It was the biggest margin between two teams this season and Ross Lyon's biggest loss as a coach.

John Longmire's men had the game effectively won by quarter time, booting eight goals to one to lead by 43 points.

They kept Fremantle goalless in the second quarter and slotted five majors of their own to remove any doubt over the result.

Fremantle’s best moments came in the third term, with three goals resulting from improved returns around the contest and an even ledger of inside 50s.

Lance Franklin was dominant and finished with four goals, 23 disposals and eight marks as Freo's defence fought hard against Sydney's slick ball movement.

Nat Fyfe tried his heart out for Freo and finished with 28 disposals, while Stephen Hill helped around the contest with 21 disposals and eight clearances as Freo suffered its ninth loss from 11 starts. 

Fremantle’s youngsters learnt a harsh lesson, with developing forward Matt Taberner the pick of the bunch.

Lyon was defiant after the huge loss, saying his team had at least remained competitive in the second half.

"In the third quarter we actually had more shots. I thought there was enough character that got shown. We just didn’t totally surrender, so that was important," he said.

"They’re a hard-nosed professional team. I think they had four players different from last year, we had 14 or 15.

"I’m loathe to make excuses, but that’s a fact. I think we had seven first-year players."

Taberner was strong in the air, grabbing a game-high five contested marks, and with more poise in front of goal, could have kicked three or four.

Fremantle head home to face Richmond in the twilight game next Sunday. The Swans are perfectly primed for an assault on Adelaide Oval on Friday night when they face the Crows. 

SYDNEY            8.2    13.6   17.7    22.11 (143)
FREMANTLE      1.1    1.3    4.5        5.9 (39)

GOALS
Sydney: Franklin 4, Parker 3, Reid 2, Rohan 2, Tippett 2, Hayward 2, Papley 2, Heeney, Sinclair, Jack, Jones, McVeigh
Fremantle: McCarthy 2, Taberner, Mundy, DeLuca

BEST 
Sydney: Parker, Hannebery, Rampe, Franklin, Heeney, Lloyd, Jack
Fremantle: Fyfe, Darcy, Taberner, S.Hill 

INJURIES 
Sydney: Nic Newman (knee)
Fremantle: Nil 

Reports: Nil 

Umpires: Donlon, Hosking, Wallace 

Official crowd: 39,281 at the SCG

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