Nine things we learned: Why the Dons have a nightmare on their hands – AFL

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In this weeks Nine things we discovered, gave you by Haier, the worlds No. 1 device maker, we take a look at the Bombers injury headache, why the Lions are the group to beat and how the Tigers will require to summon something special.

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1. An injured Jake Stringer is an Essendon headache

The star Bombers forward showed his worth on Friday night versus Collingwood, stepping up with three essential objectives as Essendon stunned the Magpies with a 15-point win. It will leave him sidelined for what appears a best-case four weeks and worst-case 3 months. Essendon will miss him very much, because he is their finest forward (he has actually won their goalkicking the previous two seasons) in an attack that is already missing out on Joe Daniher.

2. The Lions are the team to beat

You can do so with confidence now if you didnt have it marked down currently. Brisbane is the team to beat in 2020. Whatever clicked for Chris Fagans side versus a formerly unbeaten Port Adelaide on Saturday night. And when it did, the results were emphatic. You could hardly see this was a midfield missing captain Dayne Zorko and the hardened Cam Ellis-Yolmen, as Brownlow Medal favourite Lachie Neale led the charge. His understudies, that include Jarryd Lyons, Hugh McCluggage and Jarrod Berry, werent half-bad either. If Eric Hipwood and Dan McStay werent clunking marks forward of centre, then a mosquito fleet that features the best small forward in the competition Charlie Cameron, in addition to previous No. 1 pick Cam Rayner, will mop up. They humbled a Power backline that was yielding just 36.5 points per game heading into the contest. Theres Harris Andrews, perhaps the best crucial protector in the game, who kept the in-form Charlie Dixon goalless on Saturday night. Its a healthy, well-oiled maker. And its going to be tough to stop. – Riley Beveridge

3. The Tigers will require to summon something unique

Keep in mind round 4 last year, Richmond fans? A breezy Saturday evening against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval. No Dustin Martin. No Trent Cotchin. No Jack Riewoldt. No Alex Rance. The seven-point win was later on described by Damien Hardwick as the triumph that altered the groups fortunes and catapulted them towards a 2nd premiership in 3 years. 1-2 heading into the clash, an undermanned Tigers clothing hardly looked back after recording the upset win. Maybe a few success in the Queensland center, possibly without eight of its 2019 premiership stars, might provide a similar foundation to construct upon this year for the 2-2-1 side. Cotchin (hamstring), Dion Prestia and Toby Nankervis (both ankle syndesmosis), and Tom Lynch (damaged finger) look set to be unavailable next week. David Astbury (knee) is currently out. Shane Edwards and Bachar Houli look likely to remain in Victoria for household factors. Brandon Ellis has actually left for Gold Coast. Hardwick described the subsequent challenge in front of the Tigers, which consists of heading interstate for the next five weeks without those essential premiership stars, as “amazing” on Sunday night. Win a number of video games along the method and it could be inspiring too. – Riley Beveridge

4. The Blues have an over-reliance on their co-captain

When Sam Docherty was blanketed by St Kilda skipper Jarryn Geary in the first half on Thursday night, the Blues defence looked lost without their usual outlet from protective 50 and produced some horror turnovers. Docherty had 32 disposals in the previous weeks win over Essendon however had little influence until he transferred to the wing after the main break. Kade Simpson has been below his best this year and is not providing the rebound he when did, while Sam Petrevski-Seton hasnt delivered the drive the Blues had hoped in relocating to half-back. Without Docherty in the past 2 seasons, the Blues had a 9-35 record. Closing down the 26-year-old will be at the top of Luke Beveridge and Ken Hinkleys radar in the next fortnight. – Mitch Cleary

5. The Eagles can play four talls in the dry

With Willie Rioli (ASADA suspension), Daniel Venables (concussion) and Jarrod Cameron (groin) out of the numeration, the Eagles chose 4 forwards over 191cm on the weekend with immediate success. After being well beaten with just Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling against Port Adelaide, Adam Simpson presented Oscar Allen and Jake Waterman back into the line-up. Simpson admitted they added “spirit and enthusiasm” to a side short on self-confidence after three consecutive losses and the young pair likewise carried out, combining for five objectives and 11 marks. After not acclimatising to the slippery Queensland night conditions in previous weeks, they get another opportunity versus Adelaide in an afternoon slot next week. Cameron will come into factor to consider after a strong training block to change Jamaine Jones (hamstring). – Mitch Cleary

6. The Dogs do not constantly need a dominant Bont

Bontempelli was ordinary, by his standards, in round one and in spite of some highs in between, he was suppressed again on Saturday night with 12 disposals (four kicks). Kangaroo Luke McDonald minded him at interruptions and when he went forward, while winning more of the Sherrin than Bontempelli. Theyve won three games on the trot considering that an 0-2 start and are revealing they can play at a high level without Bontempelli carrying out a starring role.

7. Esava Ratugolea is vital to the Cats premiership hopes

In a team consisting of the midfield sparkle of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, and the all-round champ skills of 350-gamer Gary Ablett, it may seem incongruous to suggest a raw 33-gamer is one of Geelongs the majority of essential gamers. Structurally, Ratugolea is essential for Geelongs hopes this year, which was apparent on Saturday night against Gold Coast. With Tom Hawkins the Cats focal point deep in attack, Ratugolea requires to end up being more hit and less miss out on and be a constant centre half-forward alternative if Geelong is to challenge for the flag.

8. Nat Fyfes pain is Andrew Brayshaws gain

If a silver lining comes out of Nat Fyfes absence through a hamstring injury, it might well be Andrew Brayshaws emergence as a genuine first-choice midfield choice. He was outstanding in Fremantles development win versus Adelaide, winning 23 disposals, laying five tackles and making great choices under pressure all day. Coach Justin Longmuir ranked it the 20-year-olds best four-quarter performance. Brayshaw had actually been pegged as one of the Dockers big pre-season improvers and after 44 games, he looks ready to end up being the gamer Fremantle hoped for when it picked him at No. 2 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. – Michael Rogers

9. Harry Perryman is the ultimate Swiss army knife

The star Bombers forward showed his value on Friday night versus Collingwood, stepping up with three crucial objectives as Essendon stunned the Magpies with a 15-point win. The seven-point win was later on described by Damien Hardwick as the triumph that altered the groups fortunes and catapulted them towards a 2nd premiership in three years. Docherty had 32 disposals in the previous weeks win over Essendon but had little influence until he moved to the wing after the main break. Theyve won 3 video games on the trot since an 0-2 start and are revealing they can play at a high level without Bontempelli performing a starring function. He was outstanding in Fremantles advancement win versus Adelaide, winning 23 disposals, laying 5 takes on and making great decisions under pressure all day.

With nine objectives in four games, Giants utility Harry Perrymans Coleman Medal project remained in full speed coming into the clash versus Hawthorn. Rather, coach Leon Cameron decided to throw the unheralded Giant back to a protective role and it settled handsomely. Perryman acquired 18 disposals in the very first half as his side controlled the pace. The 21-year-old has quickly gone from a convenient gamer to among the most important parts of the team. – Jourdan Canil