Essendon coach Ben Rutten hopes the lessons realized from his team’s thumping loss to Port Adelaide will back them successfully after they like on red-sizzling Sydney at the SCG on Thursday evening.
The Bombers breathed lifestyles into their AFL season final week with a thumping 75-level remove over St Kilda.
Self belief at Essendon is riding high after that remove but the Bombers are state to bag a much sterner check after they like on the Swans, who have defied the doubters to invent an even attempting 3-0 commence to the season.
Premiership fancies Richmond and Brisbane are amongst Sydney’s victims, with the Swans without distress eclipsing the 100-level assign in all three of their video games this year.
Thursday’s recreation a ways flung from dwelling shapes as somewhat of a litmus check for the Bombers – an such as their round-two clash with the Vitality in Adelaide.
Essendon gave up the critical five targets of the match that day in a 54-level loss, and Rutten hopes his team will positioned on a much better performance this time round.
“They’re going as successfully as any team within the comp,” Rutten stated.
“So as to head as much as Sydney – if we procure encourage to round two, we went over to Port Adelaide and again, an identical situation – playing away against a team in accurate form.
“(Against Port Adelaide) we didn’t commence great at all, we gave up five targets elegant snappy.
“So that’ll be a huge focus for us, to commence successfully but our guys are attempting forward to one other alternative to head and coast and play against a extraordinarily accurate team.”
Sydney have been boosted by the return of indispensable individual forward Lance Franklin, whereas the harm-hit Bombers welcome encourage skipper Dyson Heppell.
Franklin replaces fellow sizable Hayden McLean, but midfielder James Rowbottom (knee) wasn’t deemed ready for an AFL return.
Heppell comes in for the injured Mason Redman (hamstring).
The Swans’ rising slash of kids have played a key role within the team’s sizzling form but they’re not getting carried away appropriate but.
Sydney midfielder Callum Mills stated his team would be wary of an Essendon aspect that piled on 22 targets against the Saints final week.
“They play really moving footy,” Mills stated.
“They attach up over 140-odd facets on the weekend against St Kilda, who’re a great aspect.
“We’re going to be wary of that.
“They’ve purchased quite a lot of unfavorable players that can really harm you.”