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We want to face Saints again: Edwards

By Daniel Brettig 25/08/2008 01:46:40 PM Comments (0)

A day after being bullied into a 48-point defeat by St Kilda, Adelaide veteran Tyson Edwards declared the Crows would love nothing more than to meet the Saints again in the AFL finals.

Should the rankings inside the top eight remain unchanged at the end of round 22, sixth-placed Adelaide will be pitched into a home elimination final against the Robert Harvey-inspired Saints (seventh).

There is also a fair chance of the two sides switching places to setup a re-match at Telstra Dome, where on Sunday St Kilda did more or less as they pleased once the Crows had skipped away to a misleading quarter-time lead.

Under coach Ross Lyon's 2007-08 tutelage St Kilda are yet to lose to Adelaide in three meetings - including this year's pre-season cup grand final - and appear to have well grooved advantages over the Crows in terms of midfield muscle and marking power at either end of the ground.

Edwards though said he would be more than happy to front up to the Saints again in a fortnight, confident he and his teammates now knew what it would take to win.

"I think playing a team you've lost to pretty soon after is a good thing, it's always nice to try to get one back you missed out on," Edwards said.

"They always say you learn a bit more from your losses than you do from your wins, but if that was to happen I'd really look forward to that."

Edwards also reckoned a young Adelaide side would not be too perturbed by a hefty defeat to a finals rival two weeks out from September.

"I think it's pretty easy with young guys because they move on quite quickly and finals are coming up so everyone is really excited about playing finals - I don't think it will be too hard to get everyone up and going this weekend," he said.

"If we win this week we get a home final, so that's something to have a crack at."

The Crows finish their minor round fixtures with a Saturday twilight game against the Western Bulldogs, who beat Adelaide by three points in a free-flowing round one affair.

Concerns about the Crows' forward line personnel were again raised by a meagre final score of 6.11 against the Saints, but the Bulldogs' preponderance of smaller, hard running types makes it unlikely that an extra tall will be called up.

Instead, Adelaide can be expected to recall talented pair Bernie Vince and Jason Porplyzia, each capable of rotating between midfield and attack.

Vince has recovered from a hamstring strain sustained two weeks ago, while Porplyzia is clear of the concussion and brain bruising he suffered against Carlton in round 18.

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