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Walsh, Weitering will Blues to win

R12 | Sam stars against Lions Watch highlights of Sam Walsh's brilliant showing against the Brisbane Lions in Round 12.

IT was a day when Carlton recorded a memorable W.

And the Blues’ own two Ws stood up.

With Patrick Cripps flicking the switch after half time, Walsh and Weitering were arguably Carlton’s two best performers at the main break.

The Blues would ultimately secure one its biggest comeback wins, having trailed Brisbane by 37 points in the second term. The deficit may have been insurmountable if it wasn’t for the impact of the young duo.

Come the end of the game, Walsh had accumulated 32 disposals, 12 marks and six clearances: on an ordinary day, they’re numbers which would represent a best-on-ground performance.

Regardless, it doesn’t take away from an extraordinary 18-year-old who should be the overwhelming contender for the NAB AFL Rising Star award.

After being selected with pick No.1 last year, Walsh’s counterpart was just as impressive.

Continuing on with his year of resurgence, the No.23 in Navy Blue was at his very best.

 

As Brisbane put the Blues to the sword early, Weitering stepped up. As Carlton stormed home, Weitering was there again.

His determination and importance was never more evident than a crucial one-on-one win over Charlie Cameron in the second term.

Finishing with 16 disposals, 10 intercept possessions and nine marks, his partnership with Caleb Marchbank is growing by the week.

While captain Cripps played the starring role, emerging leaders Sam Walsh and Jacob Weitering were pivotal.