Get off his case: Crow star defends injured Tex – AFL

BRODIE Smith has taken a subtle dig at Taylor Walkers critics, stating the Adelaide key forwards battles owe mostly to how the ball is being kicked to him.

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” Hes a bit shattered that hes copped a week,” Smith stated.

” Theres been a few circumstances where its hard to judge, but we do have to secure the head. You dont want people knocked out and sling-tackled, those sort of things.

” But we understand Tex is working really hard on his video game.”.

” We certainly love what Tex brings. He had a good video game versus Brisbane (2 weekends ago), and our fundamentals moving forward have actually been really poor..

” Going forward, we dont want to do all the hard work and win the hard things then let ourselves down on the outside with our skills.”.

Adelaide authorities chose not to appeal Lachie Murphys one-game ban for a unsafe deal with on Adam Cerra, but Smith said it was still a grey location for players.

Walker stays a lightning arrester for criticism as the Crows suffered a 5th defeat in as many video games on Sunday, versus a Fremantle side that had not won till then.

Brodie Smith felt lots of heat against the Dockers. Image: AFL Photos.

” But, at the very same time, we still want that physicality– and I thought it was a great tackle.”.

” As an essential forward, if were not kicking the footy to the area he develops or where he wants it, then how is he going to do his job? It falls back on us to provide the footy to him.

That ruined the truth the Crows won more clearances and objected to possessions than Fremantle.

” If we kick a bit better on the weekend, we win the video game– its as easy as that,” Smith said.

Tyson Stengle, who has actually finished his four-game suspension for beverage driving, looms as Murphys replacement.

” I believe somebodys going to be crucial of Tex each week, no matter what he does. Its something were getting utilized to,” Smith said.

The 30-year-old former skipper- who is set to miss 1-2 weeks with a knee injury – was an apparent target, after being held goalless for the 2nd time this season and winning only 6 ownerships.

Smith was among Adelaides finest gamers in the 20-point defeat to the Dockers, however even he had 5 turnovers, which he stated was a concern across the board.