Ollie Wines will look to emulate his influential performance against Geelong. Image courtesy of news.com.au
Port Adelaide v GWS Giants
Startrack Oval, Canberra
Saturday May 3 - 2:10 PM (AEST)
Port Adelaide will expect a comfortable ride and defend top spot on the ladder against competition newcomers GWS on Saturday afternoon.
The Power leapfrogged Geelong to claim top spot last Sunday with a convincing 40-point win over the Cats. Port’s front men were lethal in on-goal, kicking 16 majors and 11 behinds. The winning-side looks to be stronger with Angus Monfries tipped to return after a 3 week spell on the sidelines due to a hamstring problem. The forward’s return should push Sam Gray out of the side and most likely be the only change Ken Hinkley will have to make to his squad.
GWS head into this match coming off a crushing 40-point loss to fellow competition newcomers the Gold Coast Suns. The men in orange put up a good fight though and managed to put 94 points past the Suns in defeat. Spots at GWS are never secure, and after poor performances, Zac Williams, Tom Bugg and Lachie Plowman will be looking over their shoulders at reserve team players eyeing off their positions. Mark Whiley, the club's NEAFL player of the year in 2013, dominated in last week's win over Gold Coast reserves, finishing with 39 touches and three goals, as he aims to add to his 10 senior games. Either way, coach Leon Cameron is expected to make a handful of changes leading up to the match.
Port Adelaide are expected to dominate GWS all over the park, and after both of their performances last weekend, it’s hard to go past Port. GWS were able to surprise Sydney in round 1 this year, but it would be nothing short of a miracle if they beat the competition’s in-form side.
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