Fremantle coach Ross Lyon wants his team to turn the biggest man in the AFL into the biggest advantage.
The Dockers have failed to fully capitalise on the dominance of ruckman Aaron Sandilands throughout his 194-game career, with rival teams often successful in poaching the 211cm giant’s taps.
That was the case in the Dockers’ 70-point thrashing of Collingwood a fortnight ago, when Sandilands tallied 39 hit-outs but the Magpies still won the clearance battle.
Lyon was frustrated by that aspect, and said it was up to the team’s on-ball brigade to adjust on the run in order to combat such tactics.
Fremantle have focused heavily on their stoppage work in the past fortnight, and Lyon hopes to see vast improvement in Saturday’s clash with the Gold Coast at Patersons Stadium.
“First quarter we were predictable and got squeezed a bit,” Lyon said.
“Aaron is really experienced and we’ve got enough experience in there that they need to be able to read the game and not wait for the little bloke in the pink top or the old angry bloke at quarter-time to come down and talk to them.
“I’d like them to adjust on the run and that’s part of our maturing and understanding how to be successful.”
Gold Coast have never won in Perth, but they are riding a wave of confidence following their season-opening win over Richmond.
The Suns will be without star midfielder Harley Bennell, who is battling a calf issue that has plagued him since the pre-season.
Dockers tagger Ryan Crowley is set to get the job on Gold Coast skipper Gary Ablett, who tallied 41 possessions and kicked two goals in the win over Richmond.