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Primus chalks up vital win

By Steve Larkin 15/08/2010 10:34:04 AM Comments (0)

Matthew Primus doesn't know what Port Adelaide's one-point escape over West Coast did for his AFL coaching career.

But he knows one thing: a win is a win, and should be celebrated.

"They were able to win ugly," Primus said after his third win in five starts as Port's caretaker coach.

A record-low Port crowd of 14,113 watched their side control all but the final 15 minutes of an error-prone AAMI Stadium encounter.

In that period, the Eagles kicked four consecutive goals to level scores, before a last-minute David Rodan point gave Port an 8.13 (61) to 8.12 (60) victory.

Primus was grateful for the win but uncertain what weight it carries for his prospects of landing Port's coaching job.

"The process the club is going through over the next seven weeks, and with the way they are going to choose a new coach, it's going to be more about how you go in those interviews and how you present in those more so than wins and losses," Primus said.

Primus said Port's promising young playing list needed 50-60 more games to become "a really experienced AFL group".

"The biggest thing is games into them," he said.

"We have obviously got a lot of young talent, we just need to get a lot of games into them.

"I don't see too many holes in it, I just see a talented group that just needs to play a lot of footy with each other."

Ruck support was required for Dean Brogan but Primus was bullish about the future.

"It's how quickly we, as a coaching group, can speed up their development and how many times we can keep them out on the park to play game after game after game," he said.

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