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Magpies 'a big test' for unbeaten Hawks

02/05/2008 12:02:39 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson rates Saturday's AFL match against Collingwood at the MCG as an important test for his unbeaten team.

Clarkson said the last time they played at the MCG in front of a big crowd, they were found wanting against North Melbourne as they lost their semi-final last September.

Clarkson said it is vital his team learns to play well consistently in front of big crowds.

Collingwood smashed Essendon in last week's Anzac Day match and Saturday's game is set to attract well over 60,000 fans.

The Magpies will welcome back captain Scott Burns and key forward Anthony Rocca from injury, while the in-form Hawks are unchanged.

Hawthorn are coming off a scrappy win over Richmond, when their goalkicking was below-par, with Lance Franklin booting a wasteful 1.7.

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