Eagles swoop on injured Bulldogs
The Eagles have continued their winning ways comfortably defeating the Bulldogs 11.16.100 to 6.10.46 at Optus Stadium.
Andrew Gaff was again prolific amassing 35 disposals as Jamie Cripps and Jack Darling kicked 3 majors each.
Hayden Crozier and Josh Dunkley were the Dogs’ best with 29 possessions each.
Injuries to Mitch Honeychurch and Luke Dalhaus forced the Doggies down to two rotations on the bench – and Darling made them pay by booting 3 goals in the final term.
Hear how the game played out…
“I did see it, I didn’t think much of it. Hopefully he’s (Honeychurch) ok, but ‘unfortunate accident’ are the words that come to my mind.” West Coast Eagles coach Adam Simpson said about Shannon Hurn’s clash with Mitch Honeychurch.
“Hopefully I can just build my confidence in that role now and build hopefully towards September,” Scott Lycett said about taking on the main ruck role after Nic Naitanui’s injury.
“The pressure down there’s really good even their talls, the tall forwards are really good so they don’t give you a great deal of time with ball in hand when you’re coming out of there but we didn’t help ourselves,” Bulldog, Lachie Hunter told 6PR after the game.
“It disrupts you a little bit when you lose a player or two but the Eagles had opened us up a bit in that first quarter,” Luke Beveridge said after they finished with two on the bench.
“We’ll still play the same structure that we’ve been playing all year. We’ve had two other games without Nic (Naitanui) in the team…. and we got the job done. Same structure, just a new player coming in,” West Coast assistant coach Daniel Pratt told 6PR before the game.
“We probably do a lot of planning, preparing for Nic today, last week with that happening, we looked a bit more into Lycett’s game,” former ruckman turned backline coach Steven King told 6PR before the game.