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Swans ready to fly against the Blues

By Adrian Warren 14/07/2010 06:34:01 PM Comments (0)

Fiesty Sydney midfielder Kieren Jack reckons a drought-breaking win over fellow finals aspirant Carlton will give his Swans a timely confidence boost heading into a tricky part of their AFL schedule.

Sydney, who shade Carlton for sixth spot by one percentage point, still haven't beaten a team in the top eight this season.

They will get several opportunities over the final seven rounds of the home and away season, with five of their fixtures against teams currently in the eight.

"It (playing Carlton) is another big challenge, they are another top eight team and they are hoping for top four," Jack said.

"We see it as a big challenge to step up and hopefully beat some of the contenders that we are going to be playing in the finals, it is a massive game for us.

"We've got a lot of contenders coming up and if we can get a win against Carlton, a genuine top eight team, I think it will give the team a lot of confidence going forward to Geelong and (other top eight) teams that we have got in the future.

"If we want to be a genuine top four contender we've got to start beating these teams and at the moment we can't say that."

Jack believed the Swans had failed to deliver against major premiership contenders Collingwood and Geelong because they hadn't matched "the hardness" of those teams.

The exciting young Sydney product believed both the Blues and Swans went into the Etihad Stadium encounter with something to prove.

"We want to beat a top eight team, they've come off a disappointing loss (to the Bulldogs) so they will be wanting to come out firing," Jack said.

Jack provided a potential match-turning moment in last Sunday's critical home win over the Kangaroos, scything down Brent Harvey, just as he was about to kick a goal.

It was reminiscent of some of the try saving tackles his famous father Garry pulled out during his illustrious rugby league career.

"He always mentions to me his try saving tackles ... I don't want to say too much about the old man, because he tells me everyday how good he is!" Jack joked.

He revealed Sydney coach Paul Roos had implored the younger members of the team to lift for the final quarter against the Kangaroos, rather than relying on veterans Brett Kirk and Jude Bolton to produce their typically inspirational trademark plays.

"He really wanted the younger boys to stand up and he certainly mentioned that after the game mentioning my tackle on "Boomer" (Harvey) and Dan Hannebery going back (to take a mark) with the flight of the ball and they are the sort of things that lift those older blokes too," Jack said,

"We haven't probably seen that in the past, that the younger blokes are inspiring the Kirky's and the Jude Bolton's, so that was a real positive message that came from Roosy after the game."

Jack confirmed his manager was working towards securing him another contract with the Swans and said he hoped to stay at the club and that a decision would be made soon.

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