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Scott admits to concern about Hawkins

Roger Vaughan 29/05/2011 08:37:27 PM Comments (0)

Geelong's Tom Hawkins received rare public criticism from coach Chris Scott as the AFL's only unbeaten side experiments with tall players.

One of the features of Scott's first year as a senior coach is that he usually has talked up the Cats.

Given they are 9-0, there has been little for him to criticise.

But Scott raised eyebrows with his comments about Hawkins following Saturday night's win over Gold Coast.

The 22-year-old ruck-forward clearly has massive potential, but he was quiet again with only eight possessions, a goal and three marks.

"Tom Hawkins plays a specific role for us and has done quite well at times this year when other people have said he's struggled," Scott told Channel 10 post-match.

"But there's no doubt he's not the player we need him to be right at the moment.

"He's got to improve on a few things - he's actually a very good mark when he's playing well, but we're actually not seeing that at the moment."

The Cats rested in-form ruckman Brad Ottens for the Suns game.

They played second-gamer Nathan Vardy, Hawkins and Cameron Mooney as their ruck options.

Vardy had 20 hitouts, while Hawkins had six and Mooney five.

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