WAFL: West Perth need intensity back after poor showing against Subiaco

Steve Potente returns against Claremont this weekend. Picture: Dan White
Steve Potente returns against Claremont this weekend. Picture: Dan White

OUR intensity around the contest will need great improvement against Claremont on Saturday after our 52-point loss to Subiaco last weekend.

We’ll need to keep tabs on the Tigers’ spread, which was an area of the game we were lacking against the Lions.

Subiaco worked hard to spread from the congestion and used the ball far better than us.

We were poor in just about every area of the game.

Unfortunately, Shane Nelson broke his nose and endured other facial fractures during the match so he will miss a number of games.

The initial estimate is four weeks, but we won’t know for sure until it all settles down.

It will depend on a number of aspects, such as whether we can find a suitable helmet and whether the specialist will clear him to play.

He had an operation on Sunday.

Drew Rhode was knocked out in a collision with teammate Kody Manning so it’s very unlikely he’ll play this weekend.

On a positive note, we welcome back Nick Rodda and Steve Potente from injury.

Matt Guadagnin did not play last weekend, but we’re hoping to give him a full game in the Reserves on Saturday at Arena Joondalup.

The Tigers are a better side than their seventh place would suggest.

As well as their strong spread from the midfield, they’re particularly dangerous in attack.

We’re going to need to be good in all areas to beat them.