West Coast ahead Jake Waterman’s rollercoaster experience has continued after being dropped for Sunday evening’s blockbuster assembly with Richmond at Optus Stadium.
The Eagles made 4 modifications as they finalised their facet, with Waterman and midfielder Xavier O’Neill omitted from the crew that recorded a gutsy win in opposition to Carlton on the SCG final weekend.
West Coast additionally misplaced defender Brad Sheppard (concussion) and ruck-forward Bailey Williams (hamstring), bringing in final week’s substitute Jamaine Jones together with Josh Kennedy, Oscar Allen and Liam Duggan.
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Waterman was first dropped a fortnight in the past forward of the loss to Essendon, however earned a reprieve when approaching instead to switch Tim Kelly and kicked a aim inside seconds of coming into the sport. On an emotional evening, he then watched his brother Alec kick the sealer for the Bombers.
Jake Waterman had been attributable to play an essential position in a depleted ahead line in opposition to the Blues, earlier than being required in defence when Sheppard went down. He has been squeezed out however might once more earn a reprieve because the sub.
The Tigers regained triple-premiership midfielder Kane Lambert from a calf harm and included Daniel Rioli after he made a late substitute cameo within the Dreamtime win. Midfielder Dion Prestia is out with a hamstring harm and teen Riley Collier-Dawkins was dropped.
Having received the previous 4 flags between them, the facility groups will meet in Perth for the primary time in additional than three years.
West Coast ahead Jack Darling kicked six targets within the sport of his life to steer the Eagles to a 47-point win of their solely Optus Stadium assembly in spherical 9, 2018. Richmond final beat the Eagles in Perth in 2014.
The Tigers will fly again to Perth on Saturday after returning to Sydney throughout the week to make the most of the extra relaxed participant motion guidelines set by the New South Wales authorities.
Each groups have a 7-5 report and are separated by simply two share factors in seventh and eighth, with the loser to face an uphill battle to qualify for the highest 4.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick stated video games have been getting “an increasing number of essential”.
“We noticed Geelong put a few video games hole between us and them and West Coast as effectively,” Hardwick stated.
“It’s a very essential sport for each side going right into a bye additionally. We need to go in in a constructive way of thinking.
“It’s a frightening job, there’s little doubt. The hostile surroundings, dwelling crowd as we all know it does pump up the facet.
“We simply hope we play our greatest footy and we all know if we try this we give ourselves each probability to win.”
Hardwick stated he anticipated South Fremantle mid-season recruit Matt Parker to play this season.
“He’s travelling effectively. He’s solely had a few periods in our system and we’ve most likely bought some gamers getting back from harm so it’s pushed him again just a little bit,” he stated.
“I’d be stunned if he doesn’t play at some stage by the top of the 12 months. He’s bought to select up just a little bit with regard to how we play, however he’s wanting very promising at this stage.”