WHERE AND WHEN: Blundstone Arena, Sunday, July 29, 1.10pm AEST
North Melbourne is losing touch with the top eight, so there is no better time to play at its Hobart fortress, where the Roos have won 12 of their past 14 matches. But nothing about a date with West Coast, anywhere, is easy. North laid just 47 tackles to Collingwood’s 83 last week and ranked last for the round in pressure factor differential, so will need to improve in that regard. Kangaroos defenders Robbie Tarrant, Scott Thompson and Jamie Macmillan will need support further afield if they are to quell a forward line that will contain Josh Kennedy, Jack Darling, Mark LeCras and Nathan Vardy at different times. The ruck battle between Todd Goldstein and Scott Lycett will also be important, but North won clearances and contested possessions against the Pies, so there are greater focus areas. West Coast will look for more of the same from Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff and the freshly re-signed Jeremy McGovern.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R1, 2017, West Coast Eagles 21.10 (136) d North Melbourne 13.15 (93) at Etihad Stadium
R16, 2016, West Coast Eagles 16.8 (104) d North Melbourne 11.6 (72) at Subiaco Oval
2PF, 2015, West Coast Eagles 10.20 (80) d North Melbourne 7.13 (55) at Subiaco Oval
R10, 2015, North Melbourne 13.7 (85) d West Coast Eagles 10.15 (75) at Blundstone Arena
R11, 2014, North Melbourne 12.10 (82) d West Coast Eagles 6.8 (44) at Subiaco Oval
FD’s Tip: Eagles by 10 points.
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