We analyse the four key matchups that will decide the big match at the MCG on Saturday.
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Jarryd Roughead v. Alipate Carlile
Roughead was suspended the last time these two sides met back in round 10, and his presence will prove to be a major stumbling block for the Power in Saturday’s clash at the MCG.
With Roughead in the side Hawthorn have a much more obvious and direct route to goal, and Carlile will need to be at the top of his game if he is to nullify last year’s Coleman Medal winner.
Carlile got the better of Matthew Pavlich last week, and he needs a repeat performance at the ‘G.
Will Langford v. Hamish Hartlett
This was an excellent duel to watch back in round 10 and no doubt it will be the same, if not better on Saturday.
Langford kept Hartlett to just 14 touches and two goals last time around, and both have been in excellent form since.
Hartlett is crucial to the success of the Power and he was influential in Ken Hinkley’s side’s win over the Dockers last Saturday.
Such is the esteem he is held in, Langford is being touted as a future Hawks captain and he’ll need to show all his qualities tomorrow night to restrict Hartlett like he did earlier in the year.