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Crows a serious threat: Bombers coach

By Steve Larkin 05/09/2009 09:48:12 AM Comments (0)

They're beautiful, breath taking and sweet, according to Matthew Knights.

Unfortunately for him, the Essendon coach is talking about the Adelaide Crows and not his AFL outfit.

After being trounced by the Crows by 96 points in Friday night's elimination final, Knights was glowing in his praise of the South Australian club.

The Bombers coach described Adelaide's long kicking as "beautiful", their ability to run into space as "breath taking" and their goal kicking "amazing".

"They are travelling pretty sweet," Knights said of Adelaide, who have kicked an extraordinary 53 goals in their past two matches - 26 against Essendon following 27 put through against Carlton last week.

Adelaide's next fixture is a semi-final at the MCG next Saturday night against a likely banged-up loser from Sunday's St Kilda-Collingwood qualifying final.

"With an eight-day break for them, the draw really opens up for them nicely," Knights said of Adelaide.

"The Collingwood-St Kilda game is going to be pretty ferocious on Sunday."

Knights noted Adelaide was missing only two frontliners - Nathan Bock, Nathan van Berlo - while his playing roster has been crippled by injury this year.

"Having a healthy list like at this time of year is amazing," he said.

"They have got good health, they have got big bodies, they have still got their wily veterans playing super footy - McLeod, Edwards and Goodwin and Burton ... they have still got a really good top end that just gel them together at times of need."

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