EA­GLES v BOMBERS

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

PERTH STA­DIUM, THURS­DAY, 8.10PM

West Coast — Will Nic Nai­tanui play? NAI­TANUI has never done things by halves and the cut­throat fi­nal will be a grand stage for his lat­est come­back from in­jury. Hav­ing missed the past three fi­nals se­ries and played just three games this year, the ruck­man looks to have won his race against time fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous an­kle syn­desmo­sis in­jury in Round 17.

Essendon — How do they hurt the Ea­gles? SPEED kills. The Ea­gles are likely to go with a tall line-up. Nai­tanui will re­turn and they ap­pear wed­ded to keep­ing young­ster Os­car Allen in the side. That means West Coast will play two spe­cial­ist ruck­men plus three tall for­wards. The Bombers could have their own is­sues with sore play­ers but if they can start well, limit the crowd’s im­pact and back them­selves to play fast footy, it could go a long way to­wards a

boilover.

Last time they played

Round 14: Ea­gles 14.22 (106) d Bombers 11.5 (71) at Perth Sta­dium

Early call: West Coast has too much qual­ity to get done twice in a row on their home track. Nai­tanui (pic­tured) should be an im­por­tant in­clu­sion. EA­GLES BY 24

TAB odds Match: Ea­gles $1.20, Bombers $4.60 Flag: Ea­gles $9, Bombers $67

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