IT seems strange we’re at round 14 now and haven’t faced South Fremantle since round one.
We were poor in that game and they hunted the ball really well and used it a lot better than us; we got spanked in just about every area.
On Saturday at Arena Joondalup, we need to be really strong around the contest and control the stoppages.
Our defence will certainly need to improve on the performance we dished up against the Bulldogs at the beginning of the season.
There will not be too much tinkering with the side besides the forced changes with Trent Manzone suspended for four weeks and Nick Rodda out with a quad injury after last weekend’s win over Claremont.
Mark Hamilton did not play last weekend because of an ankle injury but we expect him to be OK for Saturday.
We think Rodda’s injury will be a two-week recovery.
In reference to the Manzone incident with the Tigers’ Darcy Cameron, by Trent’s own admission, he was clumsy or didn’t spoil with the right technique.
However, his intention was never to hit Cameron in the mouth. We’re disappointed that two players will spend weeks on the sideline.
Manzone got a cut hand in the incident, which will take some weeks to heal.
Cameron’s a good young player so it’s disappointing to see him out as well.
While it was good to get the win against Claremont, it was a shame to allow them back in to the game after we had a substantial lead.
The Tigers came back hard at us and we lost concentration.
We gave up 48 uncontested marks in the last quarter, which is a huge a number.
They hurt us on the scoreboard and we were lucky to get away with a win.