Has The Power Been Totally Drained?

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Port's Justin Westhoff plays his 150th game on Sunday. Image courtesy of adelaidenow.com.au/Simon Cross

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Richmond v Port Adelaide 

Etihad Stadium

Sunday July 13 – 1:10 PM (AEST)




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This is crunch time for Port Adelaide , who have lost momentum with three losses in four starts. Many are questioning whether Port have run out of puff after a blistering start to the season. Following last week's loss to Essendon, the Power take on Richmond , who have won their past two outings.

After sitting on top of the AFL ladder from Round 8 to Round 14, Port's only win in the last month has been against 14th-placed Western Bulldogs, while suffering defeats at the hands of the Swans, the Crows and the Bombers. When things were buzzing, Power averaged 111 points for and 74 against. But since Round 13 (when the slump started), they've averaged just 89 for and 78 against.

There are a number of milestones in this encounter - Richmond's Jack Riewoldt and Port's Justin Westhoff play their 150th games, while form Tiger Alex Rance brings up his century. Richmond, who regain Steven Morris from suspension, have enjoyed two wins and draw from their last three clashes with Power. In fact, Dustin Martin picked up three Brownlow votes last time these sides clashed - finishing with 33 possessions and 13 marks when the Tigers triumphed by 41 points in Adelaide. However, the Tiges are now where near that form this season.

With 10 goals in four games against his old club, Jay Schultz takes on Richmond for the fifth time. He's number three in the League for marks inside 50, and is kicking at 81.4 per cent. If Schultz flies high and snatches some big marks, he can add to his season tally of 48 goals, which is five clear of Geelong's Tom Hawkins on the Coleman Medal list .

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