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No holding back for the Swans: Roos

By Adrian Warren 23/08/2004 08:11:15 PM Comments (0)

Sydney coach Paul Roos wants the Swans to go at "one hundred miles an hour" against lowly Richmond this Saturday when the Swans make a rare AFL visit to the MCG.

A victory for sixth-placed Sydney would guarantee a final's position and likely an elimination final back at MCG following week.

Sydney has played only one other AFL game at the codes spiritual home, in round six against Essendon.

"It's always good to play at the MCG, we don't play a lot of games there and we enjoy playing our games in Melbourne because we've got a good support base," Roos said.

"It's important to play at the MCG, because eventually if you are going to win a grand final, you have to win at the MCG regardless of the banking system, you're always going to have to play there, so it's a good opportunity for us."

Roos scotched any suggestion the Swans would rest key players in the latter stages of the game if it had a big lead over last placed Richmond.

"We've got to win this week and we can't be thinking at any stage during the game about resting players," he said.

"It's such an important game for us, but we'll just go flat out and play our players as we have been.

"There's certainly no sign from our point of view of resting anyone or taking the foot off the pedal, we've got to go one hundred miles an hour and then worry about the results after that."

Roos said the Sydney list was "a little bit healthier" than at the corresponding stage last season when it lost Jason Saddington and Michael O'Loughlin to injury.

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