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‘Tough dude’ Dangerfiel­d can handle the attention

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Perth: Geelong midfielder Cam Guthrie is confident “tough dude” Patrick Dangerfiel­d will be able to overcome injury and any niggling taggers to play a key role in the Cats’ flag push.

Dangerfiel­d has been nursing a fractured finger during the finals series but he is determined to play on through the pain.

He was also forced to deal with a rough and niggly tagger during Friday night’s 35-point semi-final win over GWS.

Dangerfiel­d copped plenty of physical heat from Giants veteran Matt de Boer during the game, but fought on to finish with 21 disposals and eight clearances.

“We’re conscious of it,” Guthrie said of the rough treatment Dangerfiel­d was receiving.

“Pat’s a really profession­al player and he’s seen all that before.

“We’ll give him a few blocks here or there. But in the end, we kind of expect him to work his opponent over and beat him in the contest.

“He had a few really good moments and we’re looking forward to seeing what he delivers against Melbourne.”

Guthrie is confident Dangerfiel­d’s finger injury won’t be too much of a hindrance.

“He’s a tough dude, so I think he’s alright with it and he’ll soldier on. He’ll be OK,” Guthrie said.

The Cats weren’t at their clinical best against GWS, and they’ll need to take it up a notch when they face Melbourne in Friday night’s preliminar­y final in Perth.

The teams faced off just three weeks ago, with the Demons coming from 44 points down to secure a four-point triumph.

 ??  ?? Battling on: Patrick Dangerfiel­d.
Battling on: Patrick Dangerfiel­d.

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