Port Adelaide have won their second game on the bounce and brought Carlton back down to earth in the process, easing past the wasteful Blues in a 28-point win at the MCG.
Coming off two consecutive wins, Carlton had hoped to make the Power their first big scalp but were left to rue wasted opportunities in the first half as Port Adelaide gradually kicked away to prevail 15.6 (96) to 9.14 (68) in front of 32,893 fans.
Robbie Gray booted three goals – along with Mitch Georgiades – and provided a touch of class throughout.
Ollie Wines (32 touches), Karl Amon (28) and Darcy Byrne-Jones (24) were typically influential while Aliir Aliir was excellent down back.
Carlton young gun Sam Walsh continued his great start to the year, racking up 29 touches and eight clearances and was well-supported by Patrick Cripps (27) while Eddie Betts had his moments in attack.
Despite a gritty start to the match, David Teague’s side were unable to pounce on their early opportunities – and once the Power settled, they looked a class above.
Cool-finishing Gray slotted three first-half goals while Georgiades nailed two – including caressing a delightful finish through from outside 50 – to help the Power nudge out to a 23-point lead at halftime.
The Power’s night was soured by a shoulder injury to Dan Houston, who was substituted for Willem Drew at halftime.
The Blues never dropped their heads but were consistently kept at arm’s length by Port Adelaide.
The Power all but sealed the result when they kicked 6.1 to Carlton’s 2.5 in the third quarter, including a run of four-straight goals.
Gun Carlton defender Jacob Weitering had to leave the field in the third quarter after copping high contact from Wines as he landed from taking a mark.
The key defender took his kick and shortly after was taken from the field – but passed a concussion test and returned for the final term.
The Blues fought out the final quarter, outscoring the Power to cut back the margin, but it proved too little too late.
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PORT ADELAIDE 4.2 8.4 14.5 15.6 (96)
CARLTON 3.3 4.5 6.10 9.14 (68)
Goals: Port Adelaide: M Georgiades 3 R Gray 3 C Dixon 2 O Fantasia 2 B Woodcock C Rozee K Amon S Lycett T Marshall. Carlton: L Casboult 2 H McKay J Newnes L Fogarty M Cottrell M McGovern M Pittonet S Walsh.
Umpires: Jacob Mollison, Robert O’Gorman, Brent Wallace.
Official Crowd: 32,893 at MCG.