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Naitanui, Eagles make Crows pay in AFL

By AAP Newswire

Reilly O'Brien got a new phone but Nic Naitanui took the spoils as West Coast overpowered Adelaide in a 33-point AFL win in Brisbane to end their five-week Queensland hub stay on the up.

Crows ruckman O'Brien was awkwardly forced into damage control after accidentally tweeting match notes which described Naitanui as "lazy and unfit" earlier this week.

He and his side started with promise but it turned sour for the Crows, in a 10.7 (67) to 5.4 (34) West Coast win ahead of a return to Perth for next week's western derby.

O'Brien quickly apologised ahead of their Saturday afternoon meeting - blaming a broken phone and admitting he had no choice but to walk the walk - and fared well individually with 19 disposals and nine marks in a losing team.

The Eagles' big man won bragging rights, though, kicking a smart snapped goal from a first-quarter stoppage before pointing to his direct opponent as the ball sailed into the near-empty Gabba stands.

And his ruck craft orchestrated his side's 29-17 domination of clearances and inside 50s (49-24), Tim Kelly (25 touches) the benefactor in his most-prolific game as an Eagle.

Naitaniu showed his class and sense of humour post-game, handing O'Brien a new phone on the ground as the pair ended the battle with a good-natured chat.

"I thought he played really well today against a very accomplished ruckman," Crows coach Matthew Nicks said.

"Rob (O'Brien) mentioned at the first bounce he was staring him down and it was on, there was fair bit of passion in the way he played."

"But I loved the end of the game; what an amazing human being to be able to calm down at the end of all that competitive work and give him a phone.

"I thought it played out really well - it added to the game - an honest mistake that both handled really well."

Eagles coach Adam Simpson smirked at how his charge handled the situation.

"Nic plays on edge, so I think we were all thinking he (O'Brien) poked the bear," he said.

"It was good entertainment ... they had a good battle."

Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling helped the Eagles to four-straight goals before Chayce Jones replied for the Crows after winning a suspect holding-the-ball call.

But the Eagles were red hot in the third quarter, Jack Redden streaking free to goal from 45m, before Darling's accurate snap was desperately assisted by Liam Ryan, who lunged to knock back in play what looked a certain behind.

The Eagles' second-straight win took them to 3-3, ensuring a promising end to a Gold Coast hub stay which began ominously with three-successive losses.

Winless this season, Adelaide had spent the week in South Australia but will end a month-long absence from their home stadium next weekend when they host St Kilda.

They could be without Rory Sloane though, the captain set for scans on his hand while Shane McAdam also suffered a foot injury.