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Team of under-performers from Round 18

Lance Franklin of the Swans looks dejected during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Gold Coast Suns at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 21, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Tony Feder/AFL Media/Getty Images)
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This team consists of players who underperformed in Round 18 of the 2018 AFL season.

Backs: Nick Smith may well be one of the more underrated small defenders in the competition, but he had an underwhelming game against the Suns. Lachlan Keefe may have fought his way back into the Giants line up, but may be omitted in Round 19 following a disappointing game in Round 18.

Despite being a team lifer in Round 17, Jack Crisp didn’t perform adequately in Round 18. Jack Newnes had a game to forget for the Saints last Friday night. Dougal Howard didn’t play to the level he is capable of for the Power, only winning the ball five times last Sunday.

Despite being a leader for the Blues, Ed Curnow put in a disappointing performance for the Blues last weekend.

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Midfielders: Andrew McGrath may be a quality youngster, but only gathered eleven possessions last Saturday, his poorest game statistically for the season. Joel Selwood is widely renowned as one of the best leaders in the competition, but he accumulated less than twenty disposals on the first occasion this year in Round 18, having little effect on the contest.

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Isaac Smith is a player with a lot of ability, but he did little to prove that against the hapless Blues last Sunday.

Forwards: In Round 17 Jack Ziebell led from the front with five goals, but Ziebell had his worst game for the season as far as possessions are concerned in Round 18. Lance Franklin failed to kick a goal against the Suns!

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Franklin should bounce back against the Bombers and show why is so highly rated. David Armitage fought his way back into the Saints line up in Round 13 and has been one of the Saints better players since then, but Armitage had his worst game from a possession stand point since that point in time in Round 18.

There were no positives to take out of the game for Levi Casboult; Casboult may have the chance to prove that he belongs at AFL level against the Suns this weekend or he could be omitted from the Blues line up and have to gain confidence in the VFL.

One of the best young players at the Dockers is Brennan Cox, but he had a day to forget against the Bombers last Saturday. Despite kicking five goals in Round 17, Ben Ronke didn’t manage to kick a goal last weekend.

Followers: A player that is highly regarded is Sam Jacobs, but he found it tough in his dual against the Lions ruckman Stefan Martin last Saturday night. One of the best leaders at the Dockers is David Mundy, but he put in a largely underwhelming display against the Bombers.

The game that Isaac Heeney played wasn’t of adequate standard in Round 18 compared to his ability.

Isaac Heeney

Interchange: Darcy Cameron had little impact on the game, which could have been due to him being nervous, because he played his first game of the season in Round 18, hopefully he gets the opportunity to redeem himself in Round 19.

Despite being the number four draft pick in 2017 and being someone who will be a good player in the future, Luke Davies-Uniacke didn’t do much to justify that he is ready to play at AFL level against the Magpies.

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Jy Simpkin has played every game this season but had under ten possessions for the first time this year last Saturday. One of the few players to not perform to his optimum level for the Tigers was Jason Castagna who amassed the fewest amount of disposals of any player in his team with just eight.

B: Nick Smith (Swans), Lachlan Keefe (Giants), Jack Crisp (Magpies)
HB: Jack Newnes (Saints), Dougal Howard (Power), Ed Curnow (Blues)
C: Andrew Mcgrath (Bombers), Joel Selwood (Cats), Isaac Smith (Hawks)
HF: Jack Ziebell (Kangaroos), Lance Franklin (Swans), David Armitage (Saints)
FF: Levi Casboult (Blues), Brennan Cox (Dockers), Ben Ronke (Swans)
Foll: Sam Jacobs (Crows), David Mundy (Dockers), Isaac Heeney (Swans)
Int: Darcy Cameron (Swans), Luke Davies-Uniacke (Kangaroos), Jy Simpkin (Kangaroos), Jason Castagna (Tigers)