The Demons grabbed the final two targets of the second quarter, however not earlier than an eight-goal Dogs barrage catapulted the 2021 runner-ups into the lead.
Luke Beveridge’s males lead Melbourne 8.3 (51) to six.6. (42) on the predominant break.
The Dogs have been smashed on the contest within the first quarter however handled the Demons to a hammering across the ball within the second, as Melbourne’s depleted backline struggled to deal with a barrage of forward-50 entries.
Reigning Norm Smith medallist Christian Petracca is topping the disposals tally with 20, whereas the Dogs’ Josh Dunkley, Bailey Smith and Jack Macrae are all sitting on 17.
Dogs key ahead Aaron Naughton has booted a game-high three targets.
“Unbelievable first half of footy,” Garry Lyon says on the Fox Footy broadcast.