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Fremantle Dockers vs Western Bulldogs: AFL live scores, blog

Roar Guru
21st April, 2018

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Fremantle vs. Western Bulldogs

Optus Stadium
AFL Home and Away April 21, 2018
Fremantle 108, Western Bulldogs 54
Fremantle Western Bulldogs
 G B Pts G B Pts
Q14024   128
Q26339   3321
Q312678   4428
Q41612108   8654
Kick-off: 8.15pm AEST (6.15pm AWST) Optus Stadium, Saturday 21 April 2018
TV: Fox Footy, 7mate (WA)

Last five games
R3, 2017, Fremantle 13.11 (89) d Western Bulldogs 10.13 (73) at Subiaco Oval
R23, 2016, Fremantle 10.9 (69) d Western Bulldogs 6.13 (49) at Subiaco Oval
R1, 2016, Western Bulldogs 15.13 (103) d Fremantle 5.8 (38) at Etihad Stadium
R7, 2015, Fremantle 15.11 (101) d Western Bulldogs 14.4 (88) at Etihad Stadium
R11, 2014, Fremantle 13.11 (89) d Western Bulldogs 6.15 (51) at Etihad Stadium

Fremantle Dockers
B Nathan Wilson, Joel Hamling, Luke Ryan
HB Andrew Brayshaw, Alex Pearce, Ed Langdon
C Mitchell Crowden, Lachie Neale, Stephen Hill
HF Darcy Tucker, Cam McCarthy, Hayden Ballantyne
F Brandon Matera, Matt Taberner, Michael Walters
FOL Aaron Sandilands, Nat Fyfe, David Mundy
I/C Taylin Duman, Adam Cerra, Connor Blakely, Bailey Banfield

Western Bulldogs
B Ed Richards, Aaron Naughton, Zaine Cordy
HB Matthew Suckling, Easton Wood, Jason Johannisen
C Patrick Lipinski, Luke Dahlhaus, Bailey Dale
HF Josh Dunkley, Marcus Bontempelli, Mitch Wallis
F Tory Dickson, Tom Boyd, Billy Gowers
FOL Tim English, Toby McLean, Jack Macrae
I/C Lukas Webb, Mitch Honeychurch, Caleb Daniel, Lin Jong

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Nat Fyfe has had a disrupted year. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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Match result:

Fremantle have proved too fast, too classy and too determined for the visiting Western Bulldogs at Optus Stadium, winning their Saturday night clash by 54 points.

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Final score
Fremantle 16.12.108
Western Bulldogs 8.6.54

Match preview:

The Fremantle Dockers look to continue their unblemished run at the new Perth stadium against the Western Bulldogs. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog from 8:15pm AEST (6:15pm (AWST).

The Dockers are developing an early fondness for their new home ground, having recorded two wins from two games there, in a reasonably positive start to the season.

With Nat Fyfe showing signs of his best, Alex Pearce demonstrating he belongs at this level, and Matthew Taberner emerging as a serious talent, it’s been a pretty good start to 2018.

They are however coming off a frustrating loss in terrible conditions to the Giants in Canberra.

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The Dogs of course had a notoriously bad start to the year, but have recovered somewhat in the last two weeks.

They still have a number of players yet to run into form, but they’re getting output from the likes of Caleb Daniel, Mitch Wallis and Easton Wood.

The Bulldogs of course haven’t played this venue before, but their interstate record has been a little patchy ever since that marvellous 2016 premiership.

In fact, their win over the Eagles in that year’s finals series is their only one in Western Australia since 2010.

The conditions this evening may be a little wet, which poses a challenge for the Dogs’ running and linking style of game.

At selection, the Dockers are losing a bit of experience, with defenders Michael Johnson and Tommy Sheridan replaced by Ed Langdon and debutant Taylin Duman.

The Bulldogs have made a number of changes, mostly forced; Lachie Hunter, Bailey Williams and Jack Redpath miss with injury while Shane Biggs has been dropped after a poor start to the year.

They’re replaced by Zaine Cordy, Lukas Webb, Patrick Lipinski and Tom Boyd, the latter two for their first games of the season.

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Prediction
The Dogs still have too many frailties to expect them to beat a solid outfit like Freo interstate.

Fremantle by 25 points