WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Saturday, August 25, 7.25pm
Two great modern-day rivals are set to face off at the SCG on Saturday night, and with for fourth spot and a vital double chance during the finals on offer, the winner of this one will set itself up for a huge September. Superstar Swan Lance Franklin will be the major focus for his former club, and despite the concerns over his heel problem and lack of training, he’s booted 15 goals from his past four matches. Both teams are stacked with experience and the likes of Shaun Burgoyne, Jarrad McVeigh, Ben McEvoy, Josh Kennedy, Isaac Smith and Kieren Jack will be crucial in such an important contest. Sydney youngster Ben Ronke stunned the Hawks with seven goals from nine kicks earlier in the season, and with Will Hayward, Tom Papley and Tom McCartin, he’ll need to chip in again to help Franklin inside 50 for the home side. The finals have come early and the team that takes their opportunities in the big moments will be rewarded greatly when the regular season is over.
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R8, 2018, Sydney 12.7 (79) d Hawthorn 10.11 (71) at the MCG
R19, 2017, Hawthorn 10.12 (72) d Sydney 9.12 (66) at the MCG
R10, 2017, Hawthorn 12.9 (81) d Sydney 11.9 (75) at the SCG
R17, 2016, Hawthorn 11.9 (75) d Sydney 10.10 (70) at the SCG
R9, 2016, Sydney 10.9 (69) d Hawthorn 7.13 (55) at the MCG
Hutta’s Tip: Sydney by 15 points.
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