As a result, we had a number of players on limited game time in the last quarter when the Royals ran over the top of us.
But that’s no excuse for the 17.12 (114) to 14.11 (95) loss. East Perth was fantastic late in the game.We had the opportunity earlier in the match to put them away but we did not take it.
Four of our players had corked buttocks in the first quarter. Quite bizarre.
It’s an injury we rarely see, let alone having four in one quarter.
It restricted the players, with Nick Rodda being the worst affected.
Jason Salecic re-injured his hamstring, Dan Hunt and Shane Nelson both rolled ankles and Jordan Jones tweaked his knee.
With only a five-day break before the Claremont game, it’s unknown who will be fit to play at Arena Joondalup this Saturday. Salecic will definitely miss this week, while Rohan Kerr will remain out until the week after.
In the worst scenario, we could make as many as eight changes this week. We will assess the injuries at the next training session and will not hesitate to select players from the reserves if our senior list is not 100 per cent.
There’s no point going in underdone against the No. 1 side in the competition.
The Tigers will be looking to bounce back after an unexpected loss to Subiaco.
We must close down their run and restrict their delivery inside 50.