Crows out to prove a lot of points against Lions
AFL: A percentage-boosting win is on the Crows' menu at the Adelaide Oval tomorrow night.
And with their potent attack taking on the Lions' undermanned defence, it's a recipe for disaster for the visitors.
Trailing three of the teams in the top four on percentage only - including being 0.1 behind fourth-placed Geelong - Adelaide is determined to be better placed to gain an all-important double chance for the finals.
While the Crows are ranked No.1 for scoring, having kicked 290.202 - 22 points more than GWS - the Lions have conceded a league-high 345.201.
"The way the ladder sits at the moment, it suggests you kind of want to go hard, to be honest,” Adelaide forward coach David Teague told Australian Regional Media.
"And if we play our style - the way we want to play as a team - the score will take care of itself.”
Their brand is to play attacking footy and give the likes of Eddie Betts (50 goals), Josh Jenkins (49), Taylor Walker (36), Tom Lynch (28), Mitch McGovern (25) and Charlie Cameron (15) plenty of opportunities to score.
Five of them have kicked more goals than Brisbane's leading scorer, Dayne Zorko (19).
"I enjoy coaching them,” Teague said.
"I've loved the way the guys have gone about trying to get better ... they work really hard on their game.”
And despite the Crows averaging a club-record 110 points a game this season, Teague says there are still aspects of their forward play to improve on.
"We're always trying to get better,” he said.
"We believe there's still a fair bit for us to go in terms of being at our best.
"Our conversion of late probably hasn't been at the level (it should be) and even our leading patterns and our connection with the mids is probably something at the moment that we're continually working on.
"The stats say we're strong, but we feel as a group at times we miss some opportunities.”
While skipper Walker returns to the side after recovering from an ankle injury, young McGovern has been rested after his career-best four-goal haul last week.
Daniel Merrett and his young Lions teammates face a tough time in the Lions defence, especially the returning Darcy Gardiner, who may get the short straw and be given the match-up on Betts with Ryan Hardwick sidelined.
Harris Andrews may be given the task on Jenkins, who recently snubbed a lucrative deal to join the Lions by re-signing with the Crows.
"People forget that he (Jenkins) hadn't played a lot of footy in his younger days. He got into the AFL season late,” Teague explained.
"His movement for a guy his size is outstanding.”
Without Jenkins, the Lions will rely heavily on the development of young Josh Schache, who comes back into the side, and Eric Hipwood, who have played 22 games between them, going forward in the years to come.
"I think the challenge for them right now is continuity, getting the same sort of six or seven guys going through so they can learn off each other,” Teague said.
"That's something we've had this year ... the same guys out there for the majority of the year.
"They're getting a really good understanding of what each player's doing, what they're thinking when they get the ball.”