Astbury is a big tick to him and team behind him
Finals loss to Port , remember we had to beat Swans in Sydney , plus it was very wet under foot but dry conditions , track described as a heavy 10 , we pumped our selves up big time , we had to win to Mae the top 8 , it was a big game fought out to the last seconds , we should remember that as our grand final ,
Add to that every bounce , every 50/50 free went ports way early and they got excited and built on it
The port we face this week is an interesting case study , they recruited for a push to a gf last year , they have played some very good games and some disappointing ones , in front of a home crowd after a narrow away loss they will be out to respond in a positive way .
I have talked previously that they are arrogant , missing Paddy was part of some of their lesser performances , but inflated self belief I think might still be an issue.
They were shocked and embarrassed when they lost to us over there last year . They might have studied our loss to Adelaide there earlier in 2017 and thought we’ve got this.
We’ll strike a different opponent this time , they will have done way more home work on us , they will no doubt be saying a win against us sets up a tilt at the title , it will be yet another tough encounter for the reigning premier , it’s tough at the top, but we come into the game in good shape
My prediction is the game will be played under semi finals like intensity