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Dream Team attack to 'mix it up'

By Leonard Siragusa and Sam Lienert 08/05/2008 06:10:44 PM Comments (0)

The Dream Team's star-studded forward line will put their egos to one side and defer to a planned rotation system in Saturday night's Hall of Fame Tribute match at the MCG.

Hawthorn's rising star Lance Franklin, Richmond veteran Matthew Richardson, Fremantle captain Matthew Pavlich and Geelong's Cam Mooney will form one of the most talented and potent attacks in State of Origin history.

All four are key figures in their club's forward lines and command the central attention of their club's forward forays.

But Dream Team coach Mark Williams said the awesome foursome have accepted they will have to play in different positions to combine well as an attacking force.

"We spent a lot of time this morning working out how we might mix it up, who's playing down the field a little and who's standing up near the goalsquare and how long they'll stay in those positions, what matchups we're looking forward to," Williams said.

"I think the guys have really gelled together terrifically well and we expect to get a great result.

"The four mightn't be on the ground at any one time, but with the extended bench it gives us an opportunity to be able to do that and also go very small with a lot of fast quick ones."

Richardson scoffed at any suggestion there would not be enough room for the lethal quartet despite all four standing more than 190cm tall.

"I'm sure we've all played enough footy that we won't get in each other's way too much," Richardson said.

"I think we can all play deep and we can all play up the ground, so I'm sure we'll all rotate around a bit."

The four star forwards have between them booted almost 1,500 goals - with Richardson (767 goals) kicking more than half that figure on his own.

Combined, they have topped their club's goalkicking on 18 occasions, with all four achieving the feat last season.

"We've already discussed that if we don't kick goals and we don't kick the winning score, it won't be our fault, it will be the midfielders' fault, they won't have been able to get the ball in there cleanly enough," Richardson joked.

But Geelong's Matthew Scarlett, who will be a key figure in Victoria's defence, claimed he was undaunted at the prospect of countering the Dream Team's star-studded attack.

"They've got a great forward line but we've got a pretty good backline as well," Scarlett said.

"It's going to be a hard challenge but hopefully the midfield do the right thing and put pressure on the kicks coming in."

As a pre-cursor to the Hawthorn-Geelong round 17 clash, it is expected Scarlett will match-up on Franklin.

But Scarlett said he was more interested in taking on his Geelong team-mate Mooney and claimed he was faster and stronger than him.

"I spoke to him last night, he wants me to let him kick four and he's going to let me have 30 possessions but I won't let him do that," Scarlett said.

"I play him at training all the time and I always towel him up and I let him know about it (too)."

Mooney revealed he actually had an eye on another Geelong team-mate Darren Milburn, who will play alongside Scarlett in the Victorian backline.

"There's every chance I might get (Milburn) or I might get Scarlo at some point, I've played a lot of practice games on the boys the last few years," he said.

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