Bulldogs stroll past Lions

WESTERN Bulldogs opened their 2013 season in dominant fashion with a 68-point belting of Brisbane at Docklands on Saturday afternoon.

Shaun Higgins and Daniel Giansiracusa both had hat-tricks as the Bulldogs used six-goal first and third terms to run out 19.13 (127) to 7.17 (59) winners.

Thomas Liberatore was everywhere for the Bulldogs, contributing 28 disposals, five marks and nine tackles while Ryan Griffen, Mitchell Wallis and Liam Picken were all impressive.

Ruckman Will Minson was outstanding and former Port Adelaide midfielder Nick Lower completely shut Lions star Daniel Rich out of the game, restricting him to just one possession in the opening quarter.

"We're a pretty optimistic bunch ... so you go into every game thinking you can win," acting Bulldogs skipper Robert Murphy told Grandstand.

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