AFL: Fremantle defender Pearce confident Dockers defence can handle Lynch’s shining start


Fremantle defender Alex Pearce is unsure whether he will be tasked with stopping Tom Lynch on Saturday, despite starring in the win over Essendon over the Easter weekend. Picture: Paul Kane/Stringer
Fremantle defender Alex Pearce is unsure whether he will be tasked with stopping Tom Lynch on Saturday, despite starring in the win over Essendon over the Easter weekend. Picture: Paul Kane/Stringer

JUST who will be tasked with stopping rampaging Sun Tom Lynch remains to be seen but Fremantle defender Alex Pearce says his side’s defensive unit will call-on pressure from up the ground in a bid to curtail his influence.

Lynch was close to unstoppable in Gold Coast’s 34-point win over Carlton on Saturday, finishing with a career-high eight goals.

Pearce also enters the match on a high after playing an instrumental role in keeping All Australian Joe Daniher goalless as the Dockers opened their Optus Stadium account with a 16-point win over Essendon.

But the 22-year-old, who is just two home-and-away games into a return from a broken leg, said it was yet to be decided who would be called on to put the clamps on Lynch.

“Whichever (defender) gets (the job) it will be a big task because he’s in good form,” Pearce said.

“He obviously played really well last week but as we saw from the weekend it’s important we get some good pressure up the field and our mids really work hard.

“That makes our job as defenders a lot easier.”

Pearce said the likes of Joel Hamling, Michael Johnson, Nathan Wilson, Luke Ryan, Connor Blakely and Stephen Hill combined well down back in Fremantle’s first win of the year and was hopeful of a repeat performance on Saturday as the Dockers look to move to 2-1.

The match will see be the first time the Dockers have battled the Suns since Lachie Weller’s trade east at the end of 2017.

The Dockers scored pick two in the deal, which they used to secure Andrew Brayshaw.

Bouncedown is 2.35pm.

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