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It’s a preliminary final rematch with a twist, as Port Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs lock horns desperate to reignite spluttering seasons. Join The Roar for live scores, coverage and analysis from 7:30pm (AEST).
The Bulldogs skipper, Marcus Bontempelli, is being managed for tonight’s clash and it will be interesting to see how Luke Beveridge changes their midfield mix to adjust for this. The Power will go into the game tonight unchanged from their close win against the Saints last Saturday night.
In very difficult conditions, Port Adelaide came away with a hard fought victory in Cairns last week. Neither team impressed in front of goal in what turned out to be a low-scoring affair, with the Power winning the game by a solitary point.
Ollie Wines was the key to Port’s midfield with 27 disposals, four tackles and four clearances to guide them through a difficult final quarter; while Ryan Burton was a monster in defence, amassing 25 disposals, nine marks and 11 intercept possessions.
There was nothing much to report in front of goal but veteran superstar, Robbie Gray was clutch at all the right times against the Saints. His two goals kept them in the game, while he also scored the final behind to give them the lead and help close out the match at the death.
The Bulldogs came away with their third victory of the year against the Bombers last week after a dominant second half. They were able to win the forward half intercepts (29-10) and points scored from this area (50-3). This is what ultimately led to their victory.
Josh Dunkley was once again the standout of the Bulldogs midfield group with 29 disposals, seven score involvements, six marks and six tackles, and will be crucial again tonight in the absence of Bontempelli. Half-back Caleb Daniel also had a ripper of a game with 32 disposals, four marks and three tackles out of defence.
This is a tough call but I think the Bulldogs can get it done by 14 points.
B: R. Burton, A. Aliir, T. Clurey
HB: D. Houston, T. Jonas (c), D. Byrne-Jones
C: K. Amon, W. Drew, R. Bonner
HF: Z. Butters, M. Georgiades, C. Rozee
F: R. Gray, T. Marshall, S. Powell-Pepper
FOLL: S. Hayes, O. Wines, T. Boak
I/C: S. Motlop, J. Finlayson, K. Farrell, T. Dumont
EMG: X. Duursma, O. Lord, L. Jones, J. McEntee
B: E. Richards, R. Gardner, T. Duryea
HB: C. Daniel, T. O’Brien, B. Dale
C: L. McNeil, J. Macrae (c), R. Smith
HF: B. Smith, Z. Cordy, C. Weightman
F: T. Liberatore, A. Naughton, B. Khamis
FOLL: S. Martin, J. Dunkley, A. Treloar
I/C: L. Vandermeer, R. McComb, A. Scott, B. Williams
EMG: H. Crozier, R. West, L. Cleary, J. Sweet
IN: Scott, Khamis
OUT: Bontempelli, Wallis