Eager Eagles To Bounce Back

Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/Daniel Wilkins
Darren Glass will need to improve after a quiet game last week. Image courtesy of perthnow.com.au/Daniel Wilkins

West Coast Eagles v GWS
Patersons Stadium
Sunday May 11, 4.40pm (AEST)


GWS are hoping to send the West Coast Eagles to consecutive Paterson Stadium losses this Sunday.

The Giants put up a spirited fight on the weekend to second-placed Port, losing by 35-points but still taking plenty out of the match. Scoring hasn’t been a problem for GWS this season, but it’s the amount of points they have leaked which has proved to be their down fall. The Giants have conceded more points than any other club in the competition, gifting on average 103 points per game. They will have to step up their defensive efforts this weekend if they are to have any chance against the Eagles. The boys from Sydney west have a host of key attacking players out injured and as such can't afford to leak points. The biggest loss is key forward Jeremy Cameron - unable to fly to Perth because of a burst ear drum. Fellow forward, Jon Patton, looked promising against Port on the weekend and will have to step up on Sunday without Cameron.

The Eagles tasted derby defeat at the hands of the Dockers last week, leaving them mid-table. Star ruckman Nic Naitanui continues to perform well below his potential, a real worry for first-year Eagles coach Adam Simpson. West Coast though should see the return of experienced duo Mark LeCras and Xavier Ellis. LeCras has recovered from a broken arm, while Ellis has mended a calf strain.

With an ordinary goals/behinds ration, the Eagles were put through extra sessions of goal kicking this week. They have booted  30.51 in the last four matches and the lack of scoring power may have cost them wins over Port Adelaide, Carlton and Freo. That in mind, the 'Weagles' have no excuses not to notch a big score this weekend when they come up against the AFL’s worst defensive side.

The Giants put in a good shift against an in-form Port Adelaide squad, but losing a couple of their key players should shape this up as a walk in the park for the Eagles. West Coast welcome back two of their most experienced players and can bounce back from their defeat to derby rival, Fremantle.

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