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Rd 16 Kangaroos v Port at Optus Oval 20th July 1.40pm SA Time

Power Team
B: Poulton, Wakelin, Kingsley
HB: Hardwick, Bishop, Montgomery
C: James, Carr, Schofield
HF: P Burgoyne, Tredrea, Dew
F: Wanganeen, C Cornes, Cockatoo-Collins
Foll: Primus, N Stevens, Francou
Int: Morgan, Guerra, Lade, M Stevens
Emerg: K Cornes, Thurstans, Cassisi 
In: Guerra, M Stevens
Out: S Burgoyne (suspended 1 week), Cassisi (omitted)

Kangaroos Team
B: Makepeace, Martyn, Baird 
HB: Teague, Colbert, Archer 
C: King, Simpson, Stevens 
HF: Pickett, Rocca. Grant 
F: Morrell, Petrie, Harvey 
Foll: Burton, Robbins, Rawlings 
Int: Clayton, Smith, Sinclair, Harding 
Emerg: Watt, McCartney, Cochrane 
In: Grant
Out: Porter

Power captain Matthew Primus plays his 100th AFL game for Port Adelaide, bringing his total to 120 (20 with Fitzroy).

Kangaroos v Port Preview 
by Craig McKay

Will this Round finally see the time when Port Adelaide beats the Kangaroos?? I, as would all Port supporters, hope so. It would be a fantastic performance to pull off a victory this Round however, our third away game in a row, against tough opposition. I'm sure most Port supporters wouldn't have thought we could pull off 3 wins from these 3 away games.

It will be a tough effort to beat the Roos. Both clubs are coming off the back of come-from-behind victories. The Kangaroos at home would start favourites, despite being 8 places behind Port on the ladder. They match up well against Port and always cause a few headaches. For whatever reasons, Port fails to play its natural gameplan against the Kangaroos. The midfield often gets lost, and our forwards often get beaten, meanwhile players like Harvey, Grant and Archer run riot. The Kangaroos seem to have too much pace around the ground for the Power.

I don't think many people expected Port to defeat the Roos in Round 1 after the incidents before the season started, so it will be interesting to see how the Power match up on the Roos this time round. Port are in history best form, have won 8 in a row and are looking good. 

Looking at the teams, toughnut Brent Guerra and fringe player Michael Stevens join the team this week at the expense of the suspended Shaun Burgoyne and the dropped Dom Cassisi. Port's forward line on paper does look too strong for the Kangaroos this time around. The midfields as always look fairly even, but this time around Port's defence actually looks stronger than the Kangaroos forward line. Montgomery, Hardwick, Kingsley, Poulton and Wakelin are all in career best form and might be too strong for the Kangaroos forward line.

Even though all signs point to Port looking at finally beating the Kangaroos hoodoo, I will still be tipping the Kangaroos to win over a tired Port Adelaide in a close match. Kangaroos by 4 points.


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