Buddy Franklin brilliance sinks Port Adelaide

Lance Franklin inspired the Swans to a 14.14 (98) to 13.16 (94) victory with five goals in a second-half blitz over the Power. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Lance Franklin inspired the Swans to a 14.14 (98) to 13.16 (94) victory with five goals in a second-half blitz over the Power. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

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There's no "I" in team, they say, but not even Sydney's best can deny the importance of Lance Franklin.

The star forward wowed the SCG's biggest AFL crowd since 1997 on Saturday, and left his teammates in awe, with a match-winning second-half blitz against Port Adelaide.

The $10 million man nailed the Swans' last five goals to secure the four-point victory and retain their tag as flag favourites.

His three-goal haul in the final term - including a stunning 70-metre punt - had 41,317 fans in raptures and veteran defender Rhyce Shaw marvelling at his ability.

"It was a long way out - it would've taken me three kicks to get to the goals," said Shaw on Sunday.

"Stuff like that really stands out and sets the tone for the rest of the team."

Shaw, who tallied a team-high 32 touches, lauded Franklin's form and growth as a leader after barely six months in the side.

"He's playing well offensively, getting shots on goal, but he's also setting the tone for the forward pressure as well - which is really important for our team," said the 32-year-old.

"He's such a big presence out there. He's been around footy a long time and he knows the set-ups, knows when he needs to stand up and what he needs to do.

"He's leading from the front but we've also got a collective of 21 blokes pushing hard together and playing really good team footy."

Franklin's long-range heroics impressed, but didn't surprise, dual Brownlow medallist Adam Goodes, who nabbed three goals himself in the second quarter.

"I can believe it because he's an exceptional player and he can do very special things," Goodes said.

"He practises them at training and they come off, so for him to do it under extreme pressure when the team needs it shows show how much of a good player he really is."

The Tigers have lost three in a row, but that's no reason for complacency.

"I think we've proven that, early on in the year, if you're off just a little bit you can lose any game," Shaw said.

"North Melbourne beat us, GWS beat us, and they beat us on merit because they played really well.

"We've got a long way to go and there's still areas in our game that we need to improve. Consistency has got to be a real focus and to give the same effort every week is really important for us."

Dan Hannebery could join Kurt Tippett on the sideline this week after injuring his ankle. AAP

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