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Worsfold keeps Eagles grounded

By Roger Vaughan 18/05/2003 10:00:34 PM Comments (0)

The next fortnight will go a long way towards showing whether John Worsfold or Mick Malthouse is right about West Coast in the AFL.

The Eagles are an unlikely second, only two points behind predictable competition leader Brisbane, after Saturday's hard-fought win over Collingwood at Telstra Dome.

It was West Coast's second away win in three matches, but coach Worsfold deflected all talk about his side fast becoming a top-four contender.

Worsfold, at least publicly, calls the Eagles just another team in the top-eight mix.

They will host Richmond, also on six wins, next Saturday night and the following week will have a tough road trip when they visit Essendon at Telstra Dome.

Malthouse, by contrast, called his former club a "real contender" after the side he now coaches - Collingwood - went down by 16 points in a classic, 18.11 (119) to 15.13 (103).

Sydney and Fremantle also continued to impress on the weekend, moving to five wins for the season.

Sydney scored its fourth-straight win with a 39-point margin over hapless Geelong, 17.10 (112) to 11.7 (73).

The Dockers strung together three wins in a row during a season for the first time in their history, beating St Kilda at home by 41 points, 18.15 (123) to 11.16 (82).

While the Cats stay bottom, the club most under pressure this week will be Hawthorn.

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