ADELAIDE continued to surge into premiership contention – and up the ladder – by registering a seventh successive win.
Moving into the top four for the first time this season, the Crows were far too strong for Carlton at the MCG, with a 16.11 (107) to 7.5 (47) victory.
The Crows will aim for their eighth successive victory when they clash with Collingwood at Adelaide Oval next Saturday night.
They win that and a club- record 10 straight wins will be in sight, though they face Geelong at home after the Magpies.
The Crows kicked seven goals to one after half-time against the Blues after the hosts had shown some fight.
Rory Laird (35 disposals and nine rebound 50s) was outstanding in the backhalf for the winners, while two ex-players in Eddie Betts (three goals) and ruckman Sam Jacobs (three goals, 36 hitouts) came back to haunt the Blues.
Carlton’s day was further soured when big forward Levi Casboult was reported in the second term for striking Crow defender Kyle Hartigan in the stomach.
There was some celebration for the Carlton faithful however, with Jack Silvagni, the son of club great Steve, kicking his first goal.
West Coast was too strong for a visiting North Melbourne at Domain Stadium. Slumping to eighth spot, the Kangaroos have now lost their past four games.
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