The Cats’ want to be extra aggressive with ball in hand has led to some defensive deficiencies, in response to St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt, as a high-octane Hawthorn outfit uncovered Chris Scott’s males.
Geelong slipped to 3-2 on Monday after it went right down to the Hawks by 12 factors on the MCG in one other Easter traditional between the 2 sides.
Sam Mitchell’s Hawks dominated the bookends of the match, kicking 5 targets to at least one within the first time period then booting the ultimate 4 targets of the sport to run over the Cats.
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Scott revealed final month the Cats had tinkered barely with their fashion, including extra pace to their ball motion and making an attempt to transition by means of the hall extra usually.
But the Hawks blitzed the Cats within the firs and fourth phrases, booting 9.7 to 1.8 throughout these two quarters whereas additionally dominating the contested possession depend (+29).
Speaking on Fox Footy’s On The Couch, Riewoldt mentioned the Cats have been nonetheless adjusting to their new strategy.
“I think Geelong is widely accepted as the second, third or fourth seed behind Melbourne. But based on (Monday’s) effort and the body of work so far this year, they’re getting opened up in lumps like we haven’t seen for a while,” Riewoldt instructed On The Couch.
“That’s because they’d spoken so publicly about wanting to get something on offence – and we know to get something offensively, you’ve got to give up something from defensive point of view. At times, they’re still figuring that out.”
Melbourne champion Garry Lyon mentioned the Hawks introduced the right mentality to the MCG to beat Geelong.
“I feel that when you play aggressive and run at Geelong … that’s where they are most susceptible, when you’re aggressive and hard running and running at them,” Lyon instructed On The Couch. “I reckon that’s what Hawthorn did, particularly early and late in the game.
“I think it’s a reflection on how well set they are behind the footy. If you just kick the ball predictably, you’re going to have a really hard night. But if you run at them and all of a sudden it opens up a whole different area of the ground.”
Cats coach Scott mentioned his group wasn’t as environment friendly because the Hawks.
“We thought the middle part of the game was under our control and being played a little bit more the way that we intended. But unfortunately, the pattern throughout the whole game was that when we had the ascendancy, we really didn’t put them away and they took their chances,” Scott instructed Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“We missed a couple of long shots, it goes up the other end after dominating the inside 50s and (Jack) Gunston kicks one from outside 50 – it was that sort of game for us, unfortunately.
“I thought we had our chances and we just didn’t take them.”