Sunday Territorian : 2020-08-02

SPORT : 49 : 49

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49 SUNDAY AUGUST 2 2020 SIMEON THOMAS-WILSON Pies desperatel­y need injection of Steele out west ANALYSIS MICK MALTHOUSE WHO are the real Magpies? When Collingwoo­d is at its best, it is perhaps the best in the competitio­n. When it’s at its worst, quite frankly I don’t think I’ve seen it. Sure, the Pies were badly beaten by West Coast last week, but Collingwoo­d’s biorhythms were misaligned mainly due to lack of manpower. No Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Jordan De Goey or Jeremy Howe. Plus who knows how the hubs are affecting the clubs, it seems to be different for every club, even every player. The Magpies take on Fremantle at Optus Stadium today. Collingwoo­d will get most, if not all, of its injured players back by the finals, with Sidebottom returning today. There’s no doubt the next four rounds present a challenge for Collingwoo­d, but that’s all it is – a challenge, mainly due to travel and hubs. Its opposition in the next month, on current form, aren’t the biggest of tests – Fremantle (16th), Sydney (14th), Adelaide (18th) and Melbourne (13th). Good teams don’t get beaten by lower-ranked teams. Rising Suns confident of ending their Giant run of woe CHRIS HONNERY Giants rivals, losing their past eight encounters and a 387-124 scoreline from their past three meetings. However, the Suns are out to turn the tables when they entertain GWS at Metricon Stadium. Both clubs currently sit with a 4-4 win-loss record for the 2020 season, and are sitting just outside the top eight on the premiershi­p ladder. Swallow said today’s clash shaped as a good challenge for the players as they looked to turn things around. “The comparison was certainly there in the early days, but there probably hasn’t been much talk about it in the last couple of years,” Swallow said. “I suppose from a spectating point of view, it’s a little bit of a rivalry, but the last few years they’ve had the wood on us. “I can’t remember the last time we beat them, so it’s certainly a good challenge for our boys this weekend.” Former Giants head coach and AFL legend Kevin Sheedy said he believed the two clubs shared a “super rivalry” because of their history, and the game could see the tide start to turn for the Suns. “The Gold Coast Suns are a better side this year than they’ve ever been,” he said. VETERAN Suns midfielder David Swallow says there’s a turning of the tide at the resurgent Gold Coast club and today’s clash with expansion rivals GWS will be a litmus test for their 2020 campaign. The Suns have an undesirabl­e record against their Don’t let this deal be news to you. $1 a week for the first 12 weeks Enjoy full digital access Weekend paper pa delivery* Min. cost $4 1800 067 395 | ntnews.com.au/12weeks * Digital Membership + Weekend Delivery costs $ 4 billed approximat­ely 4 weekly for the first 12 weeks. After the first 12 weeks, the cost is $ 30 billed approximat­ely 4 weekly. Renewals occur unless cancelled in accordance with the full Terms and Conditions. Not in conjunctio­n with any other offer. New customers only. Not available to any person who has previously breached any of our subscripti­on terms and conditions. Home Delivery not available in all areas. Prices after the introducto­ry pricing period may be varied in accordance with the full Terms and Conditions. See www. ntnews.com. au/subscripti­onterms for full details. V1 - NTNE01Z01M­A PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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