I was half confident it'd be the old "kick straighter and win" but my mate wasn't. He flat out said those behinds would lose us the game. Said our goals and misses were hard work to manufacture whereas theirs were coming nice and easy (like our 2017 over the back goals) and if they upped their inside 50's they'd roll us. He's not right about a lot of things but it was interesting seeing the 3rd quarter unfold right as he said. Like you he didn't expect 9 goals to zip after Tex's, but who would've?Really?
I wish I had your optimism, I was not confident at all. At half time I actually thought the scoreboard flattered us, Port seemed to be cleaner and far more fluid with their ball use and were far better at finding targets going forward.
While I didn't expect a capitulation like that, I did see some warning signs in that first half that we were struggling when they were moving the ball quickly and worried that we could be in some trouble if Port got a run on.