Eagles a step closer to top-two AFL finish

West Coast captain Shannon Hurn faces a nervous wait after his bump sent Bulldogs midfielder Mitch Honeychurch to hospital in the Eagles' 54-point AFL win on Sunday.

Hurn turned his body side on and braced for contact as a bent-over Honeychurch crashed into him after fumbling the ball.

Although Hurn's third-quarter bump wasn't forceful or malicious, the fact it was high contact and he had the option not to bump is set to count against him when AFL match review officer Michael Christian reviews it.

Honeychurch was stretchered off in a neck brace before being taken to hospital as a precaution.

The incident was the only sour note for West Coast as they cruised to the 14.16 (100) to 6.10 (46) win in front of 46,854 fans at Optus Stadium.

The Eagles' flags hopes suffered a huge blow last week when Naitanui ruptured the ACL in his right knee.

But Scott Lycett (23 hit-outs, 10 possessions) and Nathan Vardy (16 hit-outs, 12 disposals) were solid, helping West Coast score a series of first-half goals from stoppages.

The duo will face far tougher tests in the coming weeks as the Eagles attempt to lock down a top-two berth.

West Coast's third win on the trot kept them within percentage of ladder-leading Richmond.

Importantly, West Coast (13-4) are now two wins clear of fifth-placed Sydney.

The Bulldogs entered Sunday's match having won just two second halves all season.

But it was the first half when West Coast inflicted the bulk of the damage, kicking seven straight goals during a hot stretch to set up a 34-point lead by the long break.

Luke Dahlhaus sent a scare through the Bulldogs camp when he limped off with a left ankle injury in the second quarter.

Although he was able to return to the field, he couldn't play out the match, leaving the Bulldogs with just two fit men on the bench in the final term.

The Bulldogs kicked two goals in the opening two minutes of the match to spark hope of an upset win, but they managed just four more goals in a sloppy display.

Eagles forwards Jack Darling and Jamie Cripps each booted three goals, while Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff, and Luke Shuey were crucial in the midfield.