Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley says his side’s ability to cope with being hunted by Richmond will be a key factor in Sunday’s AFL match.
Port Adelaide’s ability to cope with being the hunted will be decisive in Sunday’s AFL clash against Richmond, Power coach Ken Hinkley says.
“They (Richmond) are already saying they want to take a big scalp and they see us as that scalp,” Hinkley said.
“Well, we hope to take their scalp.”
Port, the early season pacesetters, travel to Etihad Stadium with wobbly recent form – three losses in their past four games, and consecutive defeats.
The Power still sit third on the ladder while Richmond languish in 12th spot despite wins in their past two outings – and Hinkley remains wary of the Tigers.
“They’re as good as any side when they’re up and about,” he said.
“They have won a couple in a row, and we have lost a couple in a row. So when you look at that you go ‘who is in form, who is not in form?
“We have got to absolutely bring our best game to give ourselves a chance.”
Hinkley dumped former captain Dom Cassisi for the fixture, joining injured goalsneak Angus Monfries on the sidelines.
Monfries, who only recently returned from an ankle injury, will also likely miss Port’s following game against Melbourne with a hamstring strain.
“Until he hurt his ankle he was going really well for us,” Hinkley said.
“And since he has been back from his ankle, he himself would be the first to admit that it has been more difficult for him to play the way he would like to.”
Port summoned veteran Tom Logan and first-year forward Sam Gray as replacements while Richmond coach Damien Hardwick made three changes to his side that downed Brisbane last week.
Hardwick dropped Matt Arnot, Brett O’Hanlon and Matt Dea with Steven Morris, Sam Lloyd and Nick Vlastuin returning as the Tigers seek three consecutive wins for the first time this year.