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Bulldogs at full strength for Port clash

By Tara Ravens 12/06/2009 04:19:36 PM Comments (0)

The Western Bulldogs enter Saturday's AFL clash against Port Adelaide in Darwin injury free and with no sign of swine flu, says captain Brad Johnson.

The third-placed Dogs are one win clear of a pack of six clubs which includes the eighth-placed Power.

"We're full strength and looking forward to a good hit-out," Johnson said.

"All of us feel a hundred per cent fine. All the boys have been taking their ointment the last couple of days so we're all good."

Johnson, who has been with Dogs since 1994, says it's the best line-up he's been involved with.

"Both sides will be pretty desperate to get the win," he said.

Power captain Domenic Cassisi said a win for Port was vital to the team's chances of pushing on towards the finals after the mid-year break.

"This is the time now here in Darwin to play a team in the top four and see where we are at," he said.

"We've obviously got a few injuries at the moment but the guys who've been coming in are really well ... they come in with form."

Port will get some relief from a high-profile injury list by recalling NT local Daniel Motlop.

"I'm refreshed and ready to go," Motlop said.

"I'll play this one and then freshen up again for Geelong."

Port's form has been erratic so far this season and Cassisi said they were working hard to build consistency, with the players keen to back up last weekend's win with another victory.

"We want to string two together and go into the halfway mark with seven wins and five losses and a refreshing look at the second half of the season to set up a finals berth," he said.

Cassisi said Port were determined to stay on top of the Bulldogs "very dangerous" forward line.

"It's going to be a big night of communication between the midfield and our backs just to make sure we're on them," he said.

"Their form of late has been really good. All indications show that them, Geelong and St Kilda are really pushing hard at the top of the ladder."

Cassisi said the past four weeks spent preparing with half-hour bike sessions inside a heat and humidity chamber might even the field.

"We'll be better prepared than other years because we've never really done the heat chamber before," he said.

"They did it last year and we didn't so maybe that might have been the difference."

Bulldogs players have been training twice a week in a heat chamber for the past three weeks to prepare themselves.

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