West Coast Eagles Coach Adam Simpson has indicated that he is not considering pulling the plug on his forwards, Jack Darling and Mark LeCras. He says the two have time to make significant contributions in the 2017 Toyota AFL Premiership competition.
The two have struggled this season and it would be a welcome sight to see the two fire tonight against the Geelong Cats, but they cannot be expected singlehandedly to resurrect the Suns, who have struggled across the ground to a 6 – 5 record. They are part of the logjam of six teams on 24 premiership points, along with Port Adelaide Power, Melbourne Demons, Essendon Bombers, Western Bulldogs and Fremantle Dockers.
The Eagles currently occupy the ninth rung, out of the finals behind Western Bulldogs by exactly one percentage pint (Freudian slip – we obviously meant to say “point”).
The bookies favour the Cats $1.77 to $2.10, so an Eagles win is not out of the question, with the line being just 3.5 points, less than one major.
A win could be just the thing the Eagles need to gain some belief in their prospects, coming, as it would, against the AFL’s number three team.
Darling and LeCras truly need to bring their A-games to the match, since the Eagles will once again miss the game due to a calf injury.
LeCras and Darling were conspicuous for their lack of production in a loss to the Gold Coast Suns, where combined they could muster just 18 disposals and 0.1 in a round 11.
Simpson has called on the entire group to man-up following three consecutive losses, although in round 10, the side went into Sydney and came close to toppling the Giants, but that came on the heels of a round nine debacle where the Essendon Bombers outdistanced them by 61 points.