Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Friday, April 26, 7.20pm (ACST)
Last time they met: Marvel Stadium, round six, 2018. Port Adelaide 15.12 (102) defeated North Melbourne 10.9 (69).
Small forward Sam Gray booted four goals and key defender Tom Jonas did a great defensive job on Ben Brown as the Power beat the Kangaroos by 33 points. Wingman Jared Polec (now with North) was influential for the Power, with a game-high 34 disposals and 12 tackles.
What it means for Port Adelaide: The Power can build on their sensational win against reigning premiers West Coast in Perth on Good Friday. With a 4-2 start, the Power would be set up nicely for the season.
What it means for North Melbourne: The Kangaroos will be desperate to get off the bottom of the ladder. It’s been a shocking start to the season, hitting a new low with last weekend’s 58-point loss to Essendon.
How Port Adelaide wins: The Power’s gameplan is built around frenetic ball movement, taking the game on and playing high-risk, high-reward football. It doesn’t come off all the time, but when it does, it’s hard to stop.
How North Melbourne wins: For North to win this game, Brad Scott will need to storm the scorer’s box with assault weapons and threaten everyone inside with violence if they add to the scoreboard any of the 25 or so goals that Port will kick.
The stat: The Power have won their past four games against the Kangaroos by an average margin of 34 points. North Melbourne’s last win over Port Adelaide was in round three, 2014.
The match-up: Tom Jonas v Ben Brown
Jonas did an outstanding job on Brown in the corresponding fixture last year. Brown kicked four goals, but two of those came when the sting was out of the game. Brown is the eighth-ranked key forward in the Official AFL Player Ratings, and 98th overall, up against Jonas, who is the 14th-ranked small/medium defender, and 133th overall.
It’s a big week for: Jared Polec
The Kangaroos wingman faced the Power in the JLT Community Series, but there will still be plenty of feeling in his first home and away game against his former club. Polec, who joined the Kangaroos on a lucrative five-year deal, has been one of their shining lights in a tough start to the season.
Big call: Robbie Gray kicks five goals and has 20 disposals in a best-on-ground performance.
Mottsy’s Tip: Port by 60 points
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