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Primus puts Port on attack against Blues

Steve Larkin 04/06/2011 12:35:15 PM Comments (0)

Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus has implored his players to attack Carlton in a bid to cause an AFL boilover on Sunday.

The 16th-placed Power carry scant outside expectation of upsetting the fourth-placed Blues in the twilight fixture, but Primus was adamant such a shock result was possible.

"If we come at the opposition like we did last week, it doesn't matter how good you are, or how well skilled you are, or how strong or experienced you are, you can certainly hurt the opposition," Primus said.

"And that is what we're looking to do."

The Power last week logged just their second win of the season with a victory over Richmond in Darwin.

But Port's winning glow was rapidly erased when the club's cash crisis became known.

The AFL has agreed to underwrite Port with a multi-million dollar rescue package to secure their future for the next three years.

The move came after the club's licence holder, the SANFL, said it couldn't afford to keep propping up the debt-ridden Power.

But Primus said the financial predicament would not distract his players ahead of the clash with the Blues.

"The players have been terrific," Primus said. "We talked about it very briefly but, to their credit, the whole year morale has been very good as a group.

"... We understand we are in a little bit of a difficult time but we understand also that the future is looking very good for us off the field with finances and what the AFL are doing for us."

Primus was more concerned with finding a way to unlock Carlton's flourishing game plan.

"They are dominating opposition with the way they hold onto the ball and time in possession is definitely a change from last year," he said of the Blues.

"We're all well aware of their clearance work with (Chris) Judd and (Marc) Murphy and a lot of others but it's not just about those two, they have a lot of good players in good form.

"And their style of footy is pretty hard to beat.

"They have played under the roof, played in good conditions, played in the wet in Sydney, and have been able to come out on top in most of those games."

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