Franklin lifts Swans to big AFL comeback 

Franklin lifts Swans to big AFL comeback 
Franklin lifts Swans to big AFL comeback 
Franklin lifts Swans to big AFL comeback 

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Lance Franklin has helped lift the Swans to a stunning come-from-behind 26-point AFL win over GWS in a fixture where eight players were made unavailable late due to coronavirus protocols.

Sydney trailed by 35 early in the second quarter but came to life leading into halftime in the derby at Gold Coast's Metricon Stadium on Sunday night.

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After a quiet first half, Franklin finished with four goals, which included his 400th for the Swans, in the 15.8 (98) to 11.6 (72) victory.

Lance Franklin has helped lift the Swans to a stunning come-from-behind 26-point AFL win over GWS in a fixture where eight players were made unavailable late due to coronavirus protocols

Lance Franklin has helped lift the Swans to a stunning come-from-behind 26-point AFL win over GWS in a fixture where eight players were made unavailable late due to coronavirus protocols

He played a leading hand in the turnaround and capitalised as the Sydney midfield found their groove.

The Swans put together a run of nine goals, including six unanswered in the third term, to ultimately quash the Giants' hopes of jumping into the top eight.

"It was an unbelievable win when you consider we probably had enough reasons to ... not keep going," Swans' coach John Longmire said.

Callum Mills, Harry Cunningham and Colin O'Riordan (Swans) and Toby Greene and Matt de Boer (Giants) were forced to pull out less than an hour before the first bounce after the Victorian Government upgraded their COVID-19 exposure sites.

Longmire said Sydney's late inclusions rocked up about 20 minutes before the match after getting a phone

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