IT was a tight game for most of the match in our 26-point WAFL win over Subiaco in tough conditions at Leederville Oval on Saturday.
The fact we matched them in contested ball around stoppages, an aspect of their game in which they normally dominate, was key.
They are a big-bodied side, which had them well-suited for wet weather football.
But our attack on the ball was terrific and in the end we managed a few more inside 50s than them, which gave us the better opportunity to kick a winning score.
Given the conditions, we went without a ruckman for the match despite the Lions having two big players in Lachlan Delahunty and Clancy Wheeler.
We thought Tyler Keitel and Drew Rhode’s ability to match the running powers of Wheeler and Delahunty would put us in good stead.
It worked out well in the end, but we expect Seva Mozhaev to return to ruck duties against Perth at Lathlain Park on Saturday, particularly given the Demons have a 200cm tapper in Angus Graham.
Injured ruckman Chris Keunen is still a way off from returning from a broken leg.
He pulled up quite sore after playing reserves last weekend so we may have rushed him back too soon.
We’ll need to take a cautious approach with his recovery.
Perth has been struck with injuries to a number of tall players, which puts them at a disadvantage in marking contests.
To exploit that, we must prevent their highly talented midfielders, such as Clint Jones and Aidan Tropiano, from getting the ball.
There’s also handy youngster Zac Fisher, who’s only 17, but finds the ball at will and played well against us last time.