West to push the Roos
Saturday, 21st April, 2012
Today’s big game at League Headquarters has the Robins up against the Roos in what looks to be a very interesting contest.
The Robins are coming off a very good first up showing against Central while the Roos will be a little annoyed with their first outing.
This is a huge game for both sides and you just get the feeling that the Robins have more to lose. In fact, they haven’t won their opening rounds since the 2000 season and a win today will go a long way towards restoring credibility in the Robins outfit.
The Roos on the other hand will be out to right the wrongs of last week and get their one directional goal back on track.
The Robins certainly have the firepower to take the points and it will all start in the middle with Matt Nelson leading the way. First use of the footy will be a huge bonus.
If the likes of Agius, Ryan and Martin can get their hands on the ball and use it to advantage the Robins will be right in this contest.
One thing they cannot afford to be is intimidated by the Roos. The South midfielders hit the contest hard with Dolan, Purcell and Davidson all prepared to put the bodies in first. It should be a very good duel in the middle, one that could decide the outcome over the course of the game.
The Robins’ forward half also worked very well last week with Smith working hard across half forward and McInerney doing the bullocking work once the ball was inside 50. His efforts were rewarded with three majors, something I’m sure the coach would love repeated this week.
With Milne, Kickett and Dalby all able to take strong marks the Robins have a forward half that can pressure the Roos, but they have one hurdle - the back half for South is very good.
O’Brien and Bird were very good last week, while Browne looks a handy player, Staker showed glimpses of his best and Hall looks the goods rebounding from defence.
The Roos up forward last week played in patches and I’m sure that the South coach would be looking for a more consistent performance today.
Two new faces in Fennessy and Jones look like they can be dangerous inside forward 50, along with the Schorn boys who will cause sides headaches throughout the season. If the Roos can get on top early then Corey might be able to settle in across half forward and we will then see the best of him.
We know the Roos can score quickly and the Robins will have to nullify the influence of the South forwards.
If they are going to win Teelow, Blore, Naden and Rose (who was excellent in round one) have to be tight, supportive and prepared to run hard and rebound to set up forward thrusts.
As most with games the centre square holds the key. Shailes last week showed some good signs and his duel with Nelson should be a beauty.
Shift work will again determine who plays and who doesn’t but all up this should a good hard contest.
But I think South’s experience should be enough to get them over the line against a confident West.
SOUTH by 17 points
JUBILEE OVAL: 2.30pm