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Cornes in desperate bid to play

By Daniel Brettig 13/05/2009 05:41:50 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide tagger Kane Cornes is reviving memories of the indestructible Jim Stynes with a desperate bid to shrug off a shoulder injury and take his place in the Power's 22 against Richmond on Sunday.

Cornes injured his right AC joint during the loss to North Melbourne, joining fellow prime mover Steve Salopek (dislocated shoulder) on the bench.

Both players have had their recovery time slated at up to three weeks, but Cornes has made it clear to teammates he intends to play this week and keep a run of 134 consecutive AFL games going.

"Kane wants to play, there's no question about that," ruckman Dean Brogan said on Wednesday.

"Actually with AC joints they're very painful when you first do them but three or four days later they settle down a lot.

"So he's feeling pretty good, he's told us all he wants to play, so he'll have a fitness test Friday and we need him playing because he'll probably get a job.

"In saying that, we don't want to wreck him for the rest of the year either so if he has to miss a week he has to miss a week."

Cornes would be useful for Port against a Richmond side who will provide a decent test for Port's wildly inconsistent team despite winning only once in 2009.

The Tigers midfield has consistently trumped their opponents in the clearance stakes, meaning only a subtle lift in skill level would make them truly dangerous.

"We honestly don't think we're favourites this week, Richmond their record doesn't really tell where they are, they should've beaten Sydney, they beat North Melbourne, they were playing very good footy against Brisbane and played a bad last quarter," Brogan said.

"So we're a 50/50 chance this week and we better bring our A-game because if you look at Richmond, look at their statistics and they're pretty high up in a lot of areas."

Port were crunched at the clearances and in the middle during a lazy first half against the Kangaroos, and Brogan warned teammates they could not expect he and Lade to palm the ball into their laps every time.

"We just want an honest effort from everyone who comes through there and last week we got beaten inside a lot against North Melbourne and the clearances were down compared to the week before," he said.

"We just want a consistent effort ... not every time are me and Ladey going to be able to hit the ball down the throats of our onballers, so we just need to get it in our onballers' minds that the ball's going to hit the deck and there's going to be a lot of scramble and win first possession stuff.

"We're practising very hard at that, Richmond are a great clearance side, we looked at their stats and against their opponent they're No.1 in the comp, so we're in for another big job this weekend."

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