IT was a premiership match but it became an exhibition.
The AFL's historic first foray into China for premiership points became a bloodbath as the Power hammered home a 16.14 (110) to 4.14 (38) point victory - with the Suns narrowly avoiding their lowest ever score.
Port Adelaide were like the Harlem Globetrotters and the Suns looked to have as much hope of winning as the Generals.
The Power were the Suns' first ever victims and in a blistering opening quarter made certain it wouldn't also give them the first victory in China in front of 10,118 at Jiangwan Stadium.
There will be a post mortem of the 72-point drubbing by Gold Coast coaches and administrators and it will confirm that Port is very good - but it will also reveal the Suns did not cope with the conditions or the occasion.
If Chinese like contact sports, this game would have been a hit.
If the AFL is trying to tell them ours is the most skilful game in the world, they'll have a bit more convincing to do.
Or they'll look for another opponent for Port Adelaide.
The game was as physical as they come and in such an open stadium the clashes of bodies could be heard from every seat in the house.
But it was also scrappy. Maybe the surface was too manicured because the players slipped over too often.
The Suns far more often than the Power.
And, whether it was the humidity or the strong breeze which restricted players from kicking much more than 40m to the northern end, or maybe just nerves, but the Suns' fumbled and their skills were terrible.
Port was sensational. Brad Ebert starred, Travis Boak was everywhere and the Suns had no answer for Jared Polec's run.
While they too had some traction and handling issues they also produced some highlights.
The goal of the year may have come from Justin Westhoff's volley from the forward pocket at the southern end.
The Suns suffered a blow when Rory Thompson withdrew at the 11th hour after pulling a hamstring in the warm-up.
However, Suns coach Rodney Eade stuck to his plan to play Steven May on Port goal sneak Robbie Gray and replaced Thompson with ruckman turned defender Keegan Brooksby.
Brooksby was in the corporate tent being interviewed when he got the call to hit the sheds and kit-up.
When May marked over Gray's head in the sixth minute the move looked to have paid off.
And every time the ball came in high he marked it or killed it. But Gray is one of the canniest players in the competition and he found ways to score.
His first was just bad luck for May but his smarts were on full display when he lost the Suns captain at a stoppage for his second.
The midfield battle was relatively even but the Power waltzed it out of there and provided their forwards with a Chinese smorgasbord of scoring options.
Meanwhile the Suns' forwards were starving.
When they got chances Port defenders Tom Jonas and Jack Hombsch were superb.
Tom Lynch went goalless while Peter Wright got more opportunities but was belted by Jack Hombsch.
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