Brisbane Lions, Fremantle Dockers force logjam at top of AFL ladder with wins over St Kilda, Hawthorn

Brisbane has pulled away from a tenacious St Kilda to win by 21 points in an injury-plagued game and earn a bye in the AFL top two.

The Lions wanted to bounce back after losing to Fremantle, and their match against the Saints teetered on the verge of collapse before Brisbane won 10.17 (78) to 8.9 (57) at the Gabba.

The triumph came at a cost, with Dayne Zorko being replaced by Darcy Fort due to a third-term hamstring injury

While Darcy Gardiner was treated for a back injury and did not finish the game.

With only two players on the bench in the last quarter, St Kilda fought valiantly to win the game.

Mitchito Owens and Daniel McKenzie both had concussions either side of halftime, with Jarrod Lienert replacing Owens at the break,

 Zak Jones suffering a hamstring injury in the third quarter.

Hugh McCluggage (33 disposals, seven clearances) and Lachie Neale (37 disposals, seven clearances, 460 metres gained) were both prolific.

On his return, Joe Daniher fired three goals, and Keidean Coleman impressed

while Harris Andrews fought back after Max King scored two early goals to silence the Saints' young gun.

The game was supposed to test Fremantle's ability to overcome their rain problems, however the rain held off and the game was played in comparatively dry conditions.