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The Port Adelaide Power picked up a 47-point victory over the Sydney Swans to enter the top-eight ahead of their state rivals on Saturday afternoon as the AFL finals approach.
Power 15.14 (103)
Swans 7.14 (56)
The Port Adelaide Power continue their finals campaign into Round 21 when they host the Sydney Swans at Adelaide Oval in a must-win contest. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 2:10pm (AEST).
This year, Port have continuously suffered with consistency – falling from a new every second week.
From their last five outings, Port have picked up two wins, and have not recorded consecutive wins since Round 6 – reaching two consecutive on two occasions in the opening rounds.
Though there was nothing to fault in last week’s match-up with Essendon – thrashing the top-eight side on the road with yet another peak performance.
Dan Houston stepped up in the win to record 29 disposals, two goals, 10 marks and seven clearances on his way to a game-high 123 AFL Fantasy Points.
Robbie Gray was at his usual best, kicking four with 19 disposals, as Todd Marshall rose to the occasion with three of his own.
In their clash with the Swans, Port will proceed unchanged.
Depending on the round’s result, a win for the Power could see them rise past state-rivals, Adelaide Crows, who currently sit one spot above in eighth.
For the Swans, 2019 has been poor – sitting in 15th outside of finals contention.
Though despite some of their failings, the Swans have remained competitive for a good deal of their match-ups, recording wins against West Coast and to a lesser degree, Essendon, as well as keeping close in their match-ups to GWS, Geelong and Fremantle.
In last week’s Sydney Derby, the Swans played some of their best footy.
Tom Papley opened up the game with two immediate goals as he pressed on to record 17 disposals, four tackles and 105 AFL Fantasy Points in the tight loss.
Isaac Heeney stood up in third, kicking four goals for the game with 18 disposals and seven marks, while Jake Lloyd led his team in possessions with 31 alongside five rebounds.
This week James Bell debuts from the Swans – entering the side with big inclusion, Dane Rampe, as James Rose and Kieren Jack come out for the pair.
With emotions high, finals on the line and the home crowd at their back, Port should walk away comfortably with this win.
Though flip a switch and they could repeat past mistakes.
Backing the home side in.
Port by 17.
First bounce: 2:10pm (AEST)
Venue: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
Watch: Fox Footy, Kayo Sports, AFL Live Pass
Port Adelaide Power
B: Houston, Clurey, Bonner
HB: Hartlett, Jonas, Byrne-Jones
C: Duursma, Rockliff, Amon
HF: R. Gray, Dixon, S. Gray
F: Westhoff, Ladhams, Rozee
FOLL: Ryder, Powell-Pepper, Boak
I/C: Broadbent, Sutcliffe, Butters, Marshall
EMG: Howard, Wines, McKenzie, Mayes
B: McCartin, Rampe, Mills
HB: Lloyd, Aliir, Jones
C: Bell, Hewett, Florent
HF: Papley, Dawson, Parker
F: Blakey, Menzel, Fox
FOLL: Reid, Heeney, Kennedy
I/C: McLean, Clarke, Rowbottom, Ronke
EMG: Rose, Melican, Jack, Stoddart