The Western Bulldogs and Adelaide Crows meet in Ballarat to open the AFL’s Saturday motion, with the match to be a real check of whether or not the Crows are real top-eight materials.
The Bulldogs (2-3, 100.7%) discovered kind in final week’s 68-point Good Friday win over North Melbourne.
But Luke Beveridge’s aspect has been dealt a merciless blow with Tim English’s hamstring harm as Stefan Martin is available in for his first sport of 2022, whereas Lachie Hunter and Mitch Wallis additionally come out for private causes.
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The Crows (2-3, 94.8%) loved an enormous win over the Tigers final week to breath life into their season regardless of Rory Sloane taking place with a season-ending ACL harm.
After the win, Fox Footy commentator Dwayne Russell mentioned the Crows gave the impression to be a “finals threat”.
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There had been no late modifications for both aspect, with Rhylee West (Bulldogs) and Will Hamill (Crows) named the medical subs.
Adelaide had the early territory ascendancy, resulting in the primary objective of the sport from Lachie Sholl after he received a free kick earlier than Shane McAdam produced an excellent snap objective to depart the Bulldogs surprised.
And when the Bulldogs went ahead, Adelaide’s key defenders plucked off a number of intercept marks, whereas on the different finish Ned McHenry was applyikng “fierce” stress, in keeping with Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson.
“Really good closing pressure from the Crows. They’re here to play,” Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy informed Fox Footy.
Johnson added: “They’re outworking the Bulldogs.”
The Bulldogs began to win extra of the footy as the primary time period progressed, resulting in their first objective by way of Jamarra-Ugle Hagan earlier than Adam Treloar launched a terrific objective on the run and Aaron Naughton discovered area to kick a set-shot objective and provides the Dogs the lead at quarter-time.
“The Dogs are hot,” Fox Footy commentator Dwayne Russell mentioned.
But the primary spotlight of the quarter noticed Jordan Dawson climb excessive to take a spectacular seize.
This match will get underway at 1:45pm AEST from Mars Stadium.
Watch it reside on Fox Footy on channel 504.
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