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Roos enjoy much-needed AFL win

By Chris Lines 09/05/2003 10:30:02 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn's infuriating consistency has continued, with the Hawks handing the Kangaroos a much-needed win in AFL round seven at Telstra Dome.

The Hawks have not won consecutive games this season so they were ripe for the picking again and the Roos duly plucked their first win since round two 18.9 (117) to 13.11 (89).

Pressure will again mount on Hawks coach Peter Schwab this week, with all the spirit engendered by last week's hard-fought win over Carlton immediately erased by another lacklustre performance tonight.

The Roos trailed until midway through the second quarter when they rattled on five straight goals to take a stranglehold on the match that they were never going to release.

They led by 20 points at the main break and eked that out to 30 points at the last change, with ruckman Matthew 'Spider' Burton demonstrating how badly he had been missed this year with a fine performance in ruck.

Hawthorn rallied early in the final term, kicking the first two goals to put themselves back in the contest, but thereafter the Roos defended in numbers and stymied the stop-balls to secure the win.

The Roos badly needed the win after three consecutive losses had eroded their positive start to the season under new coach Dean Laidley.

With successive interstate games to come, it would have been almost season over had they not garnered the four points tonight.

Hawthorn must quickly rediscover some enthusiasm and gumption before the clash with Essendon in seven days time.

Schwab admitted "we fell down again" in terms of effort, and threatened his underperforming players with VFL football.

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