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Watch Australia Wallabies vs New Zealand All Blacks Bledisloe III Live Streaming 18 October 2014

Watch Bledisloe Cup Live Streaming NZ All Blacks vs Australia Wallabies Live Streaming 18 October 2014. Australia hosts New Zealand on Saturday, October 18 in Bledisloe III at Suncorp Stadium. The match kicks off at 8.00pm (AEDT). Watch Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe III Live Online HD TV on Your PC, iPad, Mac, Android, iPhone. Everyone watch the live Bledisloe Cup Rugby Live Stream and other sporting events live has so easy. When you talk about a major sporting event, this term is one of the best. Get instant access to the widest possible coverage of NFL matches on the web directly to your desktop from anywhere. Just sign up and start watching Now..



What: Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe III
When: Saturday, October 18 – 8:00pm (AEDT)
Where: Suncorp Stadium. 
I can view it on: Fox Sports/Channel 10


Teams

Wallabies: 1. James Slipper, 2. Saia Fainga’a, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Sam Carter, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Michael Hooper (c ) 8. Scott Higginbotham, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15. Israel Folau.

Reserves: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Benn Robinson, 18. Ben Alexander, 19. James Horwill, 20. Matt Hodgson, 21. Nic White, 22. Quade Cooper,
23. Rob Horne.

All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett.

Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau.


With the Wallabies licking their wounds from a somewhat unfortunate loss against Argentina a fortnight ago, and the All Blacks suffering their first defeat in over a year at the hands of the Springboks, either side will see the upcoming Bledisloe encounter as an opportunity for redemption.

Both sides have had some off-field drama too, causing some shifting and changes among the backs, but both the Wallabies and All Blacks have the fire-power to beat one another, it’s now just about who’s hungrier, but that said, there’s nothing quite like a determined All Black side.

In terms of the personnel changes, there are two changes to the starting Wallaby side that took on Argentina with Rob Simmons returning to lock after dealing with concussion, whilst Christian Lealiifano replaces Matt Toomua at inside centre who has also been dealing with concussion issues after 2 heavy knocks in recent games.

On the bench Quade Cooper returns to the Wallabies squad for the first time in 2014 and is part of of 5/3 split that includes Nic White and Rob Horne as part of the backs contingent.  James Horwill drops back to the bench after starting against Argentina and joins Josh Mann-Rea, Benn Robinson, Ben Alexander and Matt Hodgson in the forwards.

A milestone for the Wallabies will see Adam Ashley-Cooper reach his 100th cap for his country. Ashley-Cooper will join five other Wallabies players that have reached the 100 Test mark – George Gregan, Nathan Sharpe, George Smith, Stephen Larkham and David Campese.

As for the All Blacks,  Lock Brodie Retallick has recovered from injury and will start against in the No. 4 jersey.

Retallick returns after missing the Rugby Championship finale against the Springboks. Steve Hansen has also promoted Wyatt Crockett and Dane Coles to start in the front-row once again.

Liam Messam comes in for Jerome Kaino on the blindside flank, while winger Cory Jane starts ahead of Ben Smith, who has been excluded to rest. Charles Piutau fills the void and will likely get a chance off the bench.

Flyhalf Aaron Cruden, who missed the last two games of the Rugby Championship due to suspension, has not been included in the match 23.
Watch Bledisloe Cup Live Streaming NZ All Blacks vs Australia Wallabies Live Streaming 18 October 2014

Watch Bledisloe Cup Live Streaming NZ All Blacks vs Australia Wallabies Live Streaming 18 October 2014

Australia hosts New Zealand on Saturday, October 18 in Bledisloe III at Suncorp Stadium. The match kicks off at 8.00pm (AEDT). Watch Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe III Live Online HD TV on Your PC, iPad, Mac, Android, iPhone. Everyone watch the live Bledisloe Cup Rugby Live Stream and other sporting events live has so easy. When you talk about a major sporting event, this term is one of the best. Get instant access to the widest possible coverage of NFL matches on the web directly to your desktop from anywhere. Just sign up and start watching Now..



What: Australia v New Zealand Bledisloe III
When: Saturday, October 18 – 8:00pm (AEDT)
Where: Suncorp Stadium.
I can view it on: Fox Sports/Channel 10

       

The Wallabies squandered a 14-0 lead to become the first Rugby Championship team to lose to Argentina since the Pumas entered the competition in 2012, going down 21-17 in Mendoza.

The All Blacks are also coming off a loss after South Africa flyhalf Patrick Lambie kicked a 79th-minute penalty goal to score a 27-25 victory in Johannesburg. The defeat ended New Zealand’s 22-Test unbeaten run.

Wallabies flyhalf Quade Cooper will make his return from shoulder surgery via the bench. There are also two changes to the run-on side. Christian Leali’ifano replaces injured Brumbies team-mate Matt Toomua at inside centre. Rob Simmons returns at lock after a concussion. The Wallabies are a team in disarray after Kurtley Beale was suspended for sending allegedly lewd texts about former team Business Manager Di Patston. They have lost four of their past six Tests heading in and finished a disappointing third in the Rugby Championship.

All Blacks flyhalf Aaron Cruden is a surprise omission from the match-day squad. He was left out of the touring party for Argentina and South Africa as punishment for missing a team meeting but it appears he is still in the bad books. Ma’a Nonu is out with a knee injury, with Malakai Fekitoa to start at 12 for the second straight week. Jerome Kaino is being rested, with Liam Messam to start at blindside flanker. Wyatt Crockett returns at loosehead prop while Cory Jane is on the right wing for Ben Smith who is being rested. The All Blacks are coming off a rare last-start loss but still claimed the Rugby Championship trophy after winning five of their six matches.


All the talk is that McKenzie has lost the support of his players, well we’re about to find out. The All Blacks thumped the Wallabies 51-20 in Bledisloe II at Eden Park the last time these two teams met in August. If the hosts are a team divided and they allow the Beale-Patston saga to distract them, the margin will be even greater.

If you’re an All Blacks fan don’t turn away for a second. If you wear gold, best if you just assume the brace position now.

"The group has spoken about the importance of this week’s game and ensuring the focus remains on our preparation and putting the team in the best possible position to win the game on Saturday night," – Wallabies coach Ewen McKenzie referring to the recent off-field dramas.

”I’m not too worried about what’s happening off-field for them. It’s our job to go over there and play some good rugby. That’s what we are concentrating on and that’s what we are going over there to do, put a bit of pressure on them on the field,” - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen’s take on the Wallabies’ woes.

The Wallabies are in turmoil and the All Blacks are stinging from a rare defeat against the Springboks. The sum of these parts will be a big win for the Kiwis. The Wallabies blew a golden chance to beat the All Blacks in the 12-all draw in Sydney in Bledisloe I. The Kiwis restored order with a 51-20 massacre at Eden Park a week later and we’re expecting a similarly lop-sided scoreline this time around. All Blacks by 18.





Teams
 
Wallabies: 1. James Slipper, 2. Saia Fainga’a, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Sam Carter, 5. Rob Simmons, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Michael Hooper (c ) 8. Scott Higginbotham, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Joe Tomane, 12. Christian Lealiifano, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15. Israel Folau.

Reserves: 16. Josh Mann-Rea, 17. Benn Robinson, 18. Ben Alexander, 19. James Horwill, 20. Matt Hodgson, 21. Nic White, 22. Quade Cooper,
23. Rob Horne.
 
All Blacks: Israel Dagg, Cory Jane, Conrad Smith, Malakai Fekitoa, Julian Savea, Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith, Kieran Read, Richie McCaw (c), Liam Messam, Sam Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Wyatt Crockett. 
 
Reserves: Keven Mealamu, Ben Franks, Charlie Faumuina, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Cane, TJ Perenara, Colin Slade, Charles Piutau.

Watch Argentina vs Australia Wallabies Rugby Championship Live Streaming Online 5 October 2014

Watch Argentina vs Australia Wallabies Rugby Championship Live Streaming Online 5 October 2014. Argentina hosts Australia on Sunday, October 5 in a Rugby Championship fixture at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza. The match kicks off at 9.40am (AEDT).


What: Argentina v Australia
When: Sunday, October 5 – 9:40am (AEDT)
Where: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas.
I can view it on: Fox Sports/Channel 10

Argentina suffered a 34-13 loss to New Zealand in La Plata. The Pumas are yet to register a win this campaign and are still looking for their first ever Rugby Championship victory. 
The Wallabies led 10-8 after 70 minutes but conceded three late tries to suffer a 28-10 loss to South Africa in Cape Town. It was their third loss of the campaign.
Argentina have made five changes to their starting line-up. Veteran back-rowers Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (birth of his child) and Jean Manuel Leguizamon (calf) are unavailable, with Benjamin Macome in for Lobbe and Rodrigo Baez to start at blindside flanker. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro starts at tighthead prop while lock Tomas Lavanini is back from a one-game ban. Scrum-half Martin Landajo has reclaimed his starting prop while outside centre Horacio Agulla has been promoted. The Pumas are in last spot on three points but were competitive in both games against South Africa and in last month's 32-25 loss to the Wallabies on the Gold Coast. 
The Wallabies have made two changes to their starting line-up and several changes on the bench including the axing of Kurtley Beale. The controversial Waratahs star remains with the touring party but has been stood down after a verbal stoush with a female ARU staff member during a flight from Johannesburg to Sao Paulo on Wednesday. Lock Rob Simmons (concussion) has been ruled out, with James Horwill to start. Ben McCalman is out with a shoulder injury which sees Scott Higginbotham earn his first Test start since December, 2012. Inside-centre Matt Toomua passed a concussion test and is free to play. The Wallabies have won two and lost three this tournament to sit third on the ladder in 10 points heading into the final round.
The Wallabies are still favourites with the bookies despite their late collapse against South Africa and the latest drama surrounding Kurtley Beale. But while they are still expected to win, this shapes as a defining moment of Ewen McKenzie's coaching reign. The coach has taken a firm stance by dumping Beale from the match-day squad and the latest off-field incident is undoubtedly an unwanted distraction. Another loss this week would be a major blow to morale and how the Wallabies bounce back from their Cape Town disaster will say a lot about how they're really travelling 11 months out from the 2015 World Cup. Australia scored a 54-17 victory in the corresponding clash last year but we're tipping a much closer scoreline this time around

Watch South Africa Springboks vs New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Championship Live Streaming October 5

Watch South Africa Springboks vs New Zealand All Blacks Rugby Championship Live Streaming Online 5 October 2014. South Africa host New Zealand in The Rugby Championship at Ellis Park, Johannesburg on Sunday, October 5. The match kicks off at 1.05am (AEST)

What: South Africa v New Zealand
When: Sunday, October 5 – 1.05am AEST
Where: Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa
I can view it on: Fox Sports 


South Africa Players List:
15 Willie le Roux, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Jan Serfontein, 12 Jean de Villiers (c), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Handrè Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard; 1 Tendai Mtawarira, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 5 Victor Matfield, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 7 Tebo Mohoje, 8 Duane Vermeulen/Schalk Burger.

Replacements: 
16 Adriaan Strauss, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Marcel van der Merwe, 19 Bakkies Botha, 20 Schalk Burger/Warren Whiteley, 21 Cobus Reinach, 22 Pat Lambie, 23 JP Pietersen.

New Zealand Players List:
15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith; 1 Joe Moody,  2 Keven Mealamu, 3 Owen Franks, 4 Jeremy Thrush, 5 Sam Whitelock, 6 Jerome Kaino, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 8 Kieran Read.

Replacements: 
16 Dane Coles, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Steven Luatua, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Ryan Crotty.
The All Blacks secured The Rugby Championship’s trophy with a 34-13 win over Argentina in La Plata. The Pumas have been unable to win a game in the championship to date. New Zealand were missing two key players in Dane Coles and Aaron Cruden, but the team relied on their strong structure and discipline to win the game and the championship with one match to go.
South Africa will be missing two key players due to injury. Number 8 Duane Vermeulen suffered rib cartilage damage in the game against Australia and is likely out of the next game. This is not good news for the Boks, losing one of their key “crunch” men – Vermeulen has developed a reputation for throwing himself in to tackles and halting the opposition’s offence. Springbok speedster and number 8, Bryan Habana, might also be out from a head-knock in the previous game.  
The match will also be de Villiers 50th game for South Africa in the Rugby Championship. 
Dane Coles has rejoined his teammates after the birth of his son. The All Blacks are currently ahead of every other country in IRB standings. The game against Argentina pulled New Zealand to a 4.48-point lead over South Africa, while Australia and England are 3rd and 4th respectively.  
This game might be the closest the world champions will come to facing a defeat. For the All Blacks to equal their record and to retain the status of the most clinical and efficient team on the field, they will need to face the grit of a home side Springboks team. We predict a very close win to the All Blacks by three points.  

Watch NRL Grand Final: South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs Live Streaming 5 October 2014

Watch NRL Grand Final Live Stream South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs Live Streaming Online on Sunday, 5 October 2014. The South Sydney Rabbitohs meet the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, October 5 in the first NRL preliminary final. The match kicks off at 7.15pm (AEDT). Watch NRL Live Online HD TV on Your PC, iPad, Mac, Android, iPhone. Everyone watch the live NRL live stream and other sporting events live has so easy. When you talk about a major sporting event, this term is one of the best. Get instant access to the widest possible coverage of NFL matches on the web directly to your desktop from anywhere. Just sign up and start watching Now On Channel 9..



NRL Grand Final Live Streaming Online
South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canterbury Bulldogs
Date & Time: Sunday, October 5 – 7.15pm (AEDT)
Stadium: ANZ Stadium
You Can Watch It On Channel 9



The 2014 season draws to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday evening when fairytale team South Sydney and the resurgent Canterbury square off at what will be a rocking ANZ Stadium. The Bunnies go in the biggest premiership favourites in nearly two decades but carry the weight of a 43-year premiership drought while the Bulldogs head into the decider sans expectation and with a sense of destiny about their finals charge.

South Sydney have won more premierships than any other side with 20 but have not played in a Grand Final since 1971. Since then Canterbury have reached 12 deciders, winning six to take their all-time tally to eight. The Rabbitohs and Bulldogs have met just three times in finals football with Canterbury winning the 2012 preliminary final and the 1986 major preliminary semi after Souths won the famous 1967 Grand Final 12-10 on the back of Bob McCarthy’s famous intercept try. Overall Canterbury hold a 78-67-4 advantage on South Sydney but the Rabbitohs have won three of the last four clashes since the ’12 preliminary final. The Bulldogs are 13-6 all-time against the Bunnies at ANZ. Canterbury won 15-14 when the teams met in Round 7 before the Rabbitohs came from behind to win 21-14 in Round 25.



South Sydney hit the Grand Final in exceptional form. After finishing the season ranked third on the ladder but finishing with the top defence and the second rated attack, the Bunnies led Manly 40-0 before winning 40-24 and then led the Roosters 32-12 before sealing a 32-22 win in their two finals matches. The Rabbitohs have won four of their last five matches at ANZ and five of their last seven against Top 8 opposition though they have conceded 22-plus in four of their last five. Canterbury stumbled into the finals, finishing seventh with just two wins in their final eight regular season games that saw them rank fifth in defence but a lowly 13th in attack. They struck form in September though with a blistering win over Melbourne followed by grinding victories over Manly and Penrith. They have scored just two second half tries in their last eight appearances.


South Sydney Rabbitohs Grand Final Team:

1. Greg Inglis, 2. Alex Johnston, 3. Dylan Walker, 4. Kirisome Auva'a, 5. Lote Tuqiri, 6. Luke Keary, 7. Adam Reynolds, 8. George Burgess, 9. Issac Luke, 10. Dave Tyrrell, 11. Ben Te'o, 12. John Sutton, 13. Sam Burgess

Interchange: 14. Jason Clark, 15. Kyle Turner, 16. Chris McQueen, 17. Thomas Burgess, 18. Ben Lowe, 19. Luke Burgess, 20. Bryson Goodwin

Canterbury Bulldogs Grand Final Team:

1. Sam Perrett, 2. Corey Thompson, 3. Josh Morris, 4. Tim Lafai, 5. Mitch Brown, 6. Josh Reynolds, 7. Trent Hodkinson, 8. Aiden Tolman, 9. Michael Ennis, 10. James Graham, 11. Josh Jackson, 12. Tony Williams, 13. Greg Eastwood

Interchange: 14. Tim Browne, 15. Dale Finucane, 16. David Klemmer, 17. Frank Pritchard, 19. Moses Mbye, 20. Reni Maitua

Watch Rugby Championship:New Zealand All Blacks v. Argentina Pumas Live Stream 28 September 2014

Watch Rugby Championship Live Streaming. Argentina host New Zealand on Sunday, September 13 at 11.10am (NZT). New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina live streaming online HD on your PC, Laptop, iPhone, Ipad  and Android over the Internet. Enjoy Now New Zealand All Blacks vs Argentina Live HD TV in anywhere or anyplaces. Just sign up and start watching now..



What: Argentina v New Zealand
When: Sunday, September 28 – 11.10am NZT
Where: Estadio Ciudad de La Plata, Argentina
I can view it on: Sky Sports


Coming up against Australia last round, Argentina continued what has become a familiar story for them since joining the Rugby Championship - they were good, but not quite good enough. They maintained a respectable score line going down 32-25, but still they remain without a win since joining the competition.


Heading back to Argentina may provide the Pumas with some added enthusiasm to finally claim that elusive win, but they’ll be playing host to a side who, regardless of where the two sides play, they have never beaten.

The All Blacks enter this game having not lost in their last 21 tests, but that record was on very shaky ground late in their clash against the Springboks last round as they held out for a 14-10 victory. Though the All Blacks could muster just one try against South Africa, this was testament to some stout Springbok defence.

The All Blacks amassed 611 metres with the ball in hand compared to the Springboks 282. They 61% possession and territory, made seven linebreaks, 31 defenders beaten and outnumbered the Springboks for offloads 16-1. Are the Pumas capable of withstanding such an onslaught the way the Springboks did? I don’t believe so.

Much of the lead into this game has focused more on the dropping of fly-half Aaron Cruden rather than the game itself. Failing to make the team flight after a late night drinking session, Cruden will not be making an appearance for the All Blacks in the test matches against Argentina or South African.

Without question Cruden is a classy player, but due to the wealth of talent that the All Blacks possess, the usual cliches about how there star fly-half can’t be replaced do not apply, with a more than ample deputy lurking in the wings in Beauden Barrett.

The 23-year-old has quickly amassed 23 tests, though started just three, and has spent a lot of time in the uncustomary position at fullback. He’s now been afforded a great opportunity to stake his claim as the top number ten in the country. Don’t be lured in by the thought that the All Blacks may be weakened here, Barrett has a full tool shed that he’s very competent in using.

Since joining the Rugby Championship, the Pumas have teased with gritty challenges on the road offering a glimmer of hope of what they could potentially do once they get back to Argentina, only to ultimately prove to be a let down in front of their home crowd.

Since the introduction of the Rugby Championship, the All Blacks trips to Argentina have resulted in victories of 39 and 18. The Pumas have covered a 15.5-point line just once against the All Blacks going back to 2012 when they joined the SANZAR side’s competition, and even that was a 15 point loss.

The All Blacks have proven at this point that they have little regard for whether this game takes place in Argentina or New Zealand, they’re a far superior side, and they make it obvious. Despite the All Blacks being forced to make a few adjustments to their side, I don’t see this one playing out any differently.


Players List:

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Juan Imhoff, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Benjamín Macome, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Rodrigo Baez, 21 Martín Landajo, 22 Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, 23 Horacio Agulla.

New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Malakai Fekitoa, 11 Julian Savea, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Reid, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Ben Franks, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Sam Cane, 21 TJ Perenara, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Cory Jane.

Watch AFL Grand Final: Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Streaming Online 27 September 2014

Watch AFL Grand Final Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Streaming Online Saturday, 27 September 2014 at MCG Stadium. Watch AFL Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks Footy live streaming online HD on your PC, Laptop, iPhone, Ipad  and Android over the Internet. Enjoy Now AFL Grand Final Live HD TV in anywhere or anyplaces. Just sign up and start watching now..




MATCH INFORMATION
AFL Grand Final 2014
Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks
Day: Saturday, 27 September 2014
Time: 2.30pm (AEST)
Venue: MCG Stadium
TV: Channel 7, Fox Footy


The two best teams of 2014 both delivered on Preliminary Final weekend to get through to the Grand Final. With the Sydney vs Hawthorn arguably the biggest rivalry in the sport now, Blindside Sport gives their most comprehensive analysis of the big matchups, the key areas to watch and a final prediction

Form

The Swans rank third in points for and first for least points conceded per game this year. Sydney is 9-4 (7-6 against the line) vs top-8 teams this year.  They are 5-1 both head-to-head and against the line vs top-four sides this year and totally outclassed North Melbourne in their preliminary final. The Hawks rank first in both disposals and points per game this season and held on for a tight win over Port Adelaide in their preliminary final. They’re 7-5 (6-6 against the line) vs top-eight sides and 5-3 (4-4 ATL) vs top-four teams this year.

Sydney Swans Players:
B: Nick Smith,Ted Richards,Rhyce Shaw
HB: Gary Rohan,Heath Grundy,Dane Rampe
C: Kieren Jack,Josh Kennedy,Lewis Jetta
HF: Dan Hannebery,Lance Franklin,Harry Cunningham
F: Adam Goodes,Kurt Tippett,Ben McGlynn
Fol: Mike Pyke,Luke Parker,Jarrad McVeigh
I/C: Craig Bird,Jake Lloyd,Nick Malceski,Sam Reid
Emg: Tom Mitchell,Jeremy Laidler,Dean Towers

In: No Change

Hawthorn Hawks Players:
B: Josh Gibson,Brian Lake,Grant Birchall
HB: Sam Mitchell,Ben Stratton,Luke Hodge
C: Bradley Hill,Will Langford,Isaac Smith
HF: Luke Breust,Jack Gunston,Jordan Lewis
F: Ben McEvoy,Jarryd Roughead,Paul Puopolo
Fol: David Hale,Liam Shiels,Shaun Burgoyne
I/C: Cyril Rioli,Taylor Duryea,Matt Spangher,Matt Suckling
Emg: Jonathon Ceglar,Jonathan Simpkin,Brad Sewell

In: Ben McEvoy,Cyril Rioli
Out: Jonathon Ceglar (Omitted),Jonathan Simpkin (Omitted)

Milestones: Luke Hodge  – Playing 250th game


Review of Last Week

Sydney

The Swans were at their devastating best against North Melbourne. In a match that posed a bit of a threat to the their challenge for the flag, the Swans completely shut down the powerful running game of North Melbourne, leaving them with absolutely no way of winning. It all started with the intense pressure on the North Melbourne ball carrier – with numbers around the ball, no quick and easy exit from stoppages were allowed for North Melbourne, giving them no outside run and quick delivery into the forward line. Probably the most frightening thing coming out of this match was the strength of the Sydney forward line. With Buddy kicking five, Tippett with four, and Goodes and Parker chipping in with three each, there was no stopping them. This all came about from hard running from half back, giving the North Melbourne defenders a lot to cover when the ball was coming in quickly. If this happens again, only poor goalkicking will beat Sydney on Saturday

Hawthorn

Hawthorn fans are probably still trying to calm down from the fright their team gave them on Saturday evening. In a match that was sewn up half way through the fourth quarter, the Hawks lost all run and pressure on the ball and were overrun for the final ten minutes in devastating fashion by a powerful Port Adelaide side. Luckily for the Hawks, they had built a solid enough lead from early in the second half, which was essentially the difference between the two sides. The ability of the Hawks to weather the storm and stay solid in the first quarter is a real testament to the side. Port Adelaide was all over them in the first quarter, and could have easily built a big lead, but thanks to great possession play and slowing the game down, Hawthorn was able to stop the Port Adelaide momentum from getting out of control. One big question heading into Saturday is the fitness of Jordan Lewis. After sustaining a knock to his knee/lower thigh area, the star midfielder was subbed out the game. If they are down a rotation in the midfield against arguably the best midfield in the competition, they will really be fighting an uphill battle


Key Matchups

Lance Franklin vs Josh Gibson

Without doubt, this is the biggest matchup on Saturday. If Buddy fires, Hawthorn will have a hard time winning this match. Based on their two matches in 2014, the star forward has been getting enough opportunities to really blow out the score, kicking 2.7 and 3.5 in their first and second matches respectively. He is certainly getting the shots on goal, but just hasn’t converted. Is this because of the extra pressure he faces against his former side, or was it just the positioning of the Hawthorn defence not letting easy shots on goal for Buddy? Either way, the added pressure of a Grand Final is something which may have an impact on Buddy’s confidence in front of goals

Lewis Jetta vs Bradley Hill

The battle of outside run will be crucial in a match that will feature a lot of contested ball. Streaming past on the outside of stoppages, both Jetta and Hill can easily gain 80-90 metres with their pace on the ball. Both teams are masters of the stoppages, knowing their structures and easy exits, a lot of which will end up in the hands of these two runners. Neither will play particularly defensive roles on each other, so there should be some lightening action between these two. Lewis Jetta has added some great pressure acts to his game throughout 2014, so his value in the one on one stoppages shouldn’t be underestimated. With Hill in great form after a big showing against Port Adelaide, this will be a great battle to watch

Josh Kennedy vs Liam Shiels

This is all about damage control for Hawthorn. Can Shiels put enough body on Kennedy to limit his impact around the stoppages? Leading the Swans in contested possessions, clearances and disposals, his first use of the ball is so crucial to the Swans and their ability to extract the ball out of tight situations. Shiels won’t be able to match him physically (no midfielder can), but he really must tie up the ball whenever Kennedy gets his hands on it. He was limited to 25 possessions in their Round 18 match, but in their Round 8 match, he completely tore apart the Hawthorn midfield with 36 disposals (23 of them contested), 10 clearances, 11 tackles, 5 inside 50s and a goal. Stopping Kennedy will be a tough ask, but it needs to be done

Jarryd Roughead vs Ted Richards

Possibly the most crucial matchup for the Swans. It might not be on the level that stopping Buddy is for the Hawks, but when Roughead is on song, the forward line is deadly. His effort against Port Adelaide last week earned him best on ground honours with six goals in a tight match. His ability to play like a small forward around stoppages inside the forward 50 makes him a brutal matchup for opposition defenders, and his leading ability and strength just adds so many dimensions to his game. Richards may be one of the best defenders in the game, but he certainly can’t match him in mobility on the ground. He must rely on his other defenders and midfielders to clog up the space around Roughead to deny him easy access to the ball.

Ben McGlynn vs Sam Mitchell

Another crucial matchup in the battle of two elite midfields, this one will be intense. You have the scintillating possession of Sam Mitchell and the ferocity and hard run of Ben McGlynn coming together. McGlynn may have been used more of a tagger earlier in his career, but now with more offensive capabilities, including moving forward for a couple of goals a game, Mitchell may have to be a bit more accountable in this matchup than previously. With McGlynn playing in his first Grand Final after missing 2012 through injury and a Preliminary Final loss to Fremantle in 2013, there is no chance McGlynn will let this game go by without a fight.

Nick Smith vs Cyril Rioli

This matchup is obviously conditional on Rioli being fit for the big one, but assuming he is, this will be the most obvious matchup. In the 2012 Grand Final, this matchup was won comfortably by Nick Smith, who really announced himself to the AFL world with his defensive efforts on Cyril. Gathering only 14 possessions and zero goals, the lightning fast small forward was really only noticed when he was burned on the wing by Lewis Jetta. If he actually does play on Saturday, he will only be around 90% fit at best, but he is not to be underestimated. His touch and tenacity around the ball in the forward line will still light up opposition defences. A shut-down role by Smith is a must here

Dan Hannebery vs Will Langford

With Hannebery back in top form after coming back from injury, his all round game is crucial to the Swans’ chances of winning. This bloke does it all – hard contested clearance winning footy, outside run, courage heading into the contest, goals, and hard two way running. As one of the fittest, if not the fittest in the AFL, Hannebery will not stop running. Will Langford has a big job here, especially after his tagging efforts in Round 8 had no effect on the Sydney midfielder. Hawthorn can’t afford another 40 disposals, 6 tackles and 9 inside 50s from Hannebery, so expect a tighter performance from Langford. He has improved throughout the year, but is still questionable against the heavyweights of the competition – namely Boak and Ebert from last week and Mundy, Hill and Fyfe from Round 21. His performance after being moved to Selwood at half time in the Qualifying Final against Geelong was excellent though, showing that when he really applies himself, he can shut down the big names. A little inconsistent as a young player, but expect him to shut down Hannebery from time to time.

Key Areas to Watch

Sydney’s delivery into forward line

If Sydney gets easy run from half back and into the forward line, they won’t be stopped. It is actually that simple. Franklin and Tippett on the lead are impossible to defend, and when you have Goodes and the other small forwards running through at pace to gather the easy crumbs, their forward line is lethal. Hawthorn must put pressure on through the midfield, something which they managed to do in the second half of their Round 18 match where they started to take control. By doing this, Sydney is forced to kick long to a forward 50 contest, which although still dangerous with contested markers and crumbers, is far easier to defend than the quick delivery

Sydney defence on the MCG

Can the Swans defend the MCG? It is a noticeably bigger ground than their two home grounds at the SCG and ANZ, giving their opponents more room to lead to. They showed in 2012 and in Round 18 this year that it shouldn’t be a deciding factor, but it certainly must be considered heading in. Hawthorn should look to spread the Swans in a way similar to what Richmond did at the MCG in Round 14. If they manage this, and Sydney brings slightly less intensity and pressure on the Hawthorn players leading into space, it will be very hard for the Swans to stay in this.

Recovering from Preliminary Final

How much will the one day difference in recovery mean for this match? With the Swans playing on Friday night and the Hawks during twilight on Saturday, you have about 21 hours difference in recovery time. On top of that, you have the differences in intensity for both matches. The Hawks are coming off a bruising encounter they had real trouble running out against a fast side. Are their aging stars getting tired? Crucial players like Mitchell, Hodge and Lewis may struggle to recover fully from this match. Compare this to the Swans match which was pretty much sorted at half time. The Swans were able to run freely for the majority of this match and were hardly troubled in the fourth quarter – a time which they used to give extended breaks to key players on the bench. While Hawthorn will definitely be up for the match, in a close match late in the fourth quarter, any physical disadvantage will hurt

Hawthorn forward line potency

Unlike any forward line in recent memory, the Hawks rotate through an absurd amount of players that all contribute on the scoreboard. While you have the three keys up forward in Roughead, Bruest and Gunston, you have the resting ruckman Hale, Rioli if fit, plus a pile of midfielders to choose from. They’ll have to get past the best defence in the league, which only averages 67 points against throughout the year. In their two matches this year though, Hawthorn has averaged 96 points, showing they still have plenty of options against this stingy defensive unit. They must avoid bombing it long like they did in the 2012 Grand Final – a tactic that the Swans defence feasted on.

Prediction


Now the tough part, which is even tougher as a Sydney supporter, but I will put aside my ridiculous bias here to give what hopefully is a correct prediction. This match will be an absolute belter. These two sides were by far the best in 2014 and quite frankly, every other team should have packed up and watched these two play every week. Their matches in Round 8 and Round 18 were the two best of the year and rightfully so, they head into the Grand Final locked at one win each.

The two teams are both laced with stars at both ends. Their midfields are the two toughest and the Sydney defence is equally as impressive as the Hawthorn possession game and disposal efficiency. The Hawks have been at the top of the game since 2008, while the Sydney team has been labelled by Mick Malthouse as the strongest he has ever seen.


Looking at last week’s matches though, it is hard to go past the Swans. Yes they didn’t play a team as threatening as Port Adelaide, but the way in which they completely shredded the North Melbourne defence while putting a stranglehold on their fast paced uncontested possession game was something to behold. They come in fresher than Hawthorn and in a match that will no doubt go deep, four quarter fitness will be crucial. The depth of the Swans midfield is a tough one to handle for Hawthorn, and for me, that is where the match is won. They should be able to generate enough running power from the stoppages for enough forward thrusts and goals. The biggest question in 2012 was Sydney’s ability to stop the Hawthorn scoring, because without any dominant forward, they had to keep the Hawks down. Now with Buddy and Tippett, a Hawthorn score in the 90s may not even be enough here. With questions about Hawthorn’s ability to hold off a high scoring team like Port Adelaide last week, can they do it against a side which will be even another step up?