Nine things we learned: 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 team to beat and how the Tigers will need to summon something special.

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1. A hurt Jake Stringer is an Essendon nightmare

The star Bombers forward revealed his value on Friday night against Collingwood, stepping up with 3 crucial goals 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 three months. Essendon will miss him dearly, because he is their finest forward (he has actually won their goalkicking the past two seasons) in an attack that is already missing Joe Daniher.

2. The Lions are the team to beat

Whatever clicked for Chris Fagans side versus a formerly unbeaten Port Adelaide on Saturday night. 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, as well as previous No. 1 pick Cam Rayner, will mop up. Theres Harris Andrews, maybe the finest key protector in the game, who kept the in-form Charlie Dixon goalless on Saturday night.

3. The Tigers will need to summon something unique

The seven-point win was later on described by Damien Hardwick as the victory that altered the teams fortunes and catapulted them towards a second premiership in 3 years. 1-2 heading into the clash, an undermanned Tigers outfit barely looked back after taping the upset win. Win a couple of games along the method and it might be inspiring.

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 normal outlet from protective 50 and produced some scary turnovers. Docherty had 32 disposals in the previous weeks win over Essendon but had little influence until he relocated to the wing after the primary break. Kade Simpson has actually been listed below his best this year and is not providing the rebound he as soon as did, while Sam Petrevski-Seton hasnt delivered the drive the Blues had actually hoped in relocating to half-back. Without Docherty in the previous two 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 reckoning, the Eagles chose 4 forwards over 191cm on the weekend with instantaneous success. After being well beaten with just Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling against Port Adelaide, Adam Simpson introduced Oscar Allen and Jake Waterman back into the line-up. Simpson confessed they included “spirit and enthusiasm” to a side low on self-confidence after three consecutive losses and the young pair likewise performed, combining for five goals and 11 marks. After not acclimatising to the slippery Queensland night conditions in previous weeks, they get another chance against 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 dont constantly require a dominant Bont

Bontempelli was common, by his standards, in round one and despite some highs in between, he was suppressed again on Saturday night with 12 disposals (4 kicks). Kangaroo Luke McDonald minded him at interruptions and when he went forward, while winning more of the Sherrin than Bontempelli. Theyve won three 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.

7. Esava Ratugolea is essential to the Cats premiership hopes

In a group including the midfield brilliance of Patrick Dangerfield and Joel Selwood, and the all-round champion abilities of 350-gamer Gary Ablett, it may appear incongruous to suggest a raw 33-gamer is one of Geelongs the majority of essential gamers. Structurally, Ratugolea is important 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 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 lack through a hamstring injury, it might well be Andrew Brayshaws introduction as a real first-choice midfield option. He was outstanding in Fremantles development win versus Adelaide, winning 23 disposals, laying five takes on and making great decisions under pressure throughout the day. Coach Justin Longmuir rated 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 video games, he looks all set to become the gamer Fremantle expected when it chose him at No. 2 in the 2017 NAB AFL Draft. – Michael Rogers

9. Harry Perryman is the supreme Swiss army knife

The star Bombers forward revealed his worth on Friday night versus Collingwood, stepping up with 3 essential 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 changed the teams fortunes and catapulted them towards a second premiership in 3 years. Docherty had 32 disposals in the previous weeks win over Essendon however had little impact till he moved to the wing after the primary break. Theyve won three games on the trot considering that an 0-2 start and are showing they can play at a high level without Bontempelli carrying out a starring role. He was exceptional in Fremantles advancement win versus Adelaide, winning 23 disposals, laying 5 deals with and making excellent decisions under pressure all day.

With 9 goals in four games, Giants utility Harry Perrymans Coleman Medal campaign was in full speed entering the clash against Hawthorn. Rather, coach Leon Cameron chose to toss the unheralded Giant back to a protective role and it settled handsomely. Perryman racked up 18 disposals in the very first half as his side controlled the pace. The 21-year-old has rapidly gone from a helpful player to among the most vital parts of the team. – Jourdan Canil