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The Sydney Swans have their first win of the season with a 19-point victory over Carlton, while the Blues are left with an 0-3 record despite another gallant performance.
Carlton Blues 10.14.74
Sydney Swans 14.9.93
In recent years, Carlton and Sydney at Marvel Stadium would have been described as a mere percentage booster for the Swans. However, the early rounds are indicating a changing of the guard, a development in generations and on this occasion the four points are there for the taking for either side. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 1:45pm AEDT.
Both sides go into the clash 0-2 and desperately needing a win to keep their seasons alive. The Blues, while winless, are playing a more promising brand of footy than previous seasons. Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh are hinting to tear the game apart between the arcs over the next decade.
But it is 2015 No.1 draft pick, Jacob Weitering who is going under the radar at the moment and will be one of Carlton’s most important players on the ground in Saturday’s clash.
Weitering kept the in-form Justin Westhoff goalless in Round 2 and performed valiantly against the star stuttered Richmond attack in round 1.
The 21-year-old will most likely drift onto Lance Franklin, the key forward is five majors away from equalling Essendon great Matthew Lloyd on the seventh all-time list and has often cashed in against the Blues. Weitering could be the difference in the important clash.
For the Swans, they have managed to play some exhilarating football but have been too easy to get on top of through the middle and early stages of the match.
The 2018 issue of not being able to kick a score remains for the Swans. Besides Franklin, the Swans are struggling for an avenue to goal. They are at this early stage 16th in the competition for goals kicked, only averaging 8.5.
While the Blues have performed with more promise in the opening games, it is hard to tip against the side who has made September for the last nine consecutive seasons.
However, past record doesn’t mean the Blues won’t make the Swans earn it.
Sydney by 4 points
Venue: Marvel Stadium
Time: 1:45pm AEDT
TV: Fox Footy
B Jones, Plowman, Simpson
HF Thomas, Weitering, Newman
C Murphy, Cripps, Petrevski-Seton
HF Curnow, McKay, Walsh
F Fisher, McGovern, Gibbons
FO Phillips, Setterfield, Dow
INT Casboult, O’Brien, Polson, Marchbank
EM Lobbe, Garlett, Silvagni, Stocker
B Mills, Rampe, Lloyd
HB McVeigh, Aliir, Jones
C Hewett, Heeney, Florent
HF Hayward, Franklin, Papley
F McCartin, Reid, Ronke
FO Sinclair, Parker, Kennedy
INT Dawson, Blakey, Cunningham, Thurlow
EM Fox, Rowbottom, Melican, Stoddart