The Crows won Showdown XXXI 111-79. Source: News Limited/foxsports.com.au
Although Port Adelaide have just one win to the Crows three so far in 2012, this match promises to be much closer than the nine places that the AFL ladder would suggest. Adelaide are coming off the back of a mediocre performance that saw them beat GWS by 46 points, while the Power will be looking to bounce back from a 24 point loss to Collingwood.
Adelaide will dearly miss Bernie Vince, who has been ruled out with a hand injury, but his absence will be offset by the return of Graham Johncock in defence. Robbie Gray’s knee injury means that he will be out of action for twelve months and is a huge blow to Port.
Where It Will be Won
– The Crows boast two formidable forward targets in Taylor Walker and Kurt Tippett and limiting their scoring opportunities will go a long way to ensuring the Power stay in the contest. Tippett was a constant menace to the Giants last week kicking four goals and a behind. Key defenders Alipate Carlile and Troy Chaplin with have to be at their best to keep them in check.
– They may have only won one game this season, but Port Adelaide has been competing with some very good sides in Collingwood, Sydney and Essendon while the Crows have beaten up on strugglers GWS, Gold Coast and the Western Bulldogs for their three wins. The absence of Robbie Gray is a huge blow to them however, and Adelaide may just have too much firepower. Adelaide 1-39
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