Carlton has been named the best team to beat unbeaten Premier Melbourne after another impressive performance.
Michael Vaughan’s side have recorded their fourth win in a row over the weekend, trailing Demons and Brisbane Lions to third place with an 8-2 record after 10 games.
Although Melbourne have yet to miss a game this season, having won 17 games in a row last season, Port Adelaide’s Great Ken Cornes believes the Blues need to match it with the AFL’s top dog.
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“I’m just wondering if they can challenge Melbourne from a staff perspective,” Cornes told Nine’s. Footy is categorized.
“Tall, they have to keep (Jake) Lever, (Steven) May and (Harrison) Patty busy. I think Jack Silvagni would be great for tagging Jack Lever. Then you got (Charlie) Carno, (Harry) Mack and (Harry). Tom) De Koning to hold them accountable.
“The little things they’ve got – (Matthew) Ovis, (Jack) Fisher, (Corey) Dardin, (Jesse) Motelp. When he plays, they bring out the violence that no other little forward in the game is playing. With. Getting the ball to the ground in the forward line, they are the best ground-level team in their Forward 50 in the competition.
“Yeah, they’re weak on defense and it’s obviously dependent on McGovern’s return … because if (Jacob) Waiting goes down right now they’re going to have all sorts of problems, so I understand that. Don’t believe Lachie Plowman.
“They’ve got bulls in midfield to match Melbourne, I think they’re the midfield that matches them (Patrick) Cripps, (Matthew) Kennedy, (Adam) the best and (George) Hewitt the best.
“Then you’ve got Walsh out. Langdon really has to think about playing with Sam Walsh if you can get him to play on the wing.
“I don’t think they’ve drilled well and obviously they’re not that tough in the big game, but from a staffing perspective and a structural perspective, I think they can really challenge them.”
However, Ascendon the Great was not entirely convinced by Matthew Lloyd’s Blues Premiership Credentials, pointing to a fadout in the second half of the team’s rematch.
“For me, the cover is still on because of their second half. It’s a taxing game style and that’s why they’re a little bit different,” Lloyd said. Footy is categorized.
“Inside-50 (differential) second to eighth drop, tackle drop form first to 11th. It’s hard to maintain.
“The amazing thing about Melbourne is that they have the ability to push but at the same time they can turn the ball around and take the power and ping out of the game.
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“Although with Carlton it’s always a helter-skelter and then it’s hard to keep up. This is where they have to adjust a bit.”
The Blues will face Melbourne only once this season, forcing fans to wait up to 22 rounds for a blockbuster match.
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