In the end, it was the efforts of Sydney defenders Nick Smith and Dane Rampe being superior to the Adelaide Crows’ forwards that enabled them to advance to next weeks’ meeting with the Geelong Cats in the preliminary final of the 2016 AFL finals.
The Swans atoned for last weeks’ loss to the Greater Western Sydney Giants after the side maintained their confidence following the humbling loss to the Giants.
The Crows have arguably the best forward line in the game and Sydney needed a supreme effort and a number of things to fall into place in order to secure the victory.
The Swans’ midfielders got the needed performance that was absent against the Giants. In that match, the defense was overwhelmed by Jeremy Cameron, who made Rampe appear nothing better than pedestrian, as opposed to the All-Australian form he typically displays.
Against the Crows, however, they tallied an advantage in clearances of nine, 20 more contested possessions and 77 more uncontested disposals.
Fine performances were turned in by a plethora of Swans at the midfield and forward positions, giving the back line a welcome respite.
The Swans outshot the Crows and the Adelaide side managed to score on only 22 occasions from 56 entries.