Danger­field to let his play do the talk­ing against Crows

Sunday Mail - - SPORT - SAM LANDSBERGER MEL­BOURNE

PATRICK Danger­field will “re­serve” his come­back to Josh Jenk­ins’ barb for Friday night’s pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal as the Brown­low Medal­list pre­pares to take on Ade­laide.

For­mer Crows team-mate Jenk­ins cheek­ily said last week there would be “noth­ing bet­ter” than knock­ing Dan­ger- field and his Gee­long mates out of the premier­ship race.

“They do have to get there (to the pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal) first,” Jenk­ins quipped.

“But if he marches into town with his Gee­long team­mates, there’d be noth­ing bet­ter than beat­ing him and re­mind­ing him that per­haps he should have stuck around with us and he could be a Brown­low Medal­list and a premier­ship player.” Danger­field was pri­vately an­noyed by the re­marks and yes­ter­day said he would an­swer them when he walks on to Ade­laide Oval.

“Ade­laide have been the best side all sea­son, but why not us?” Danger­field said.

“I thought that was a tad in­ter­est­ing (Jenk­ins’ com­ments which as­sumed his team would make the grand fi­nal).

“It’s been started from one end (the sledg­ing). You’ve got to get there first, don’t you?”

Danger­field slot­ted 4.3 from eight shots on goal in the first half with his sur­prise shift to full-for­ward rock­ing Syd­ney.

Cham­pion Data yes­ter­day re­vealed 11 of Danger­field’s 12 pos­ses­sions be­fore half-time were in­side for­ward 50m.

He did not col­lect an­other dis­posal in at­tack for the rest of the match, in­stead spend­ing the last quar­ter mop­ping up in the back half.

Cats coach Chris Scott told Danger­field on Wed­nes­day that he would be used out of the goal­square.

“It went to plan,” cap­tain Joel Sel­wood said of the move.

“He’s so dan­ger­ous that we’d love to have a few of him we could put all over the ground.

“He was out­stand­ing early and the guys around the ball did a good job, but they’re a qual­ity side and we knew we had to be good around the ball to give him a chance.”

Swans cap­tain Josh Kennedy was dis­ap­pointed Dane Rampe and Cal­lum Mills couldn’t con­tain Danger­field.

“He took a few good grabs early and got them go­ing, (but) I’d back on our de­fence to take on any­one down there,” Kennedy said.

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