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Dogs sink Swans in last-gasp AFL thriller

  • Dogs sink Swans in last-gasp AFL thriller

    SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 02: Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs and Clay Smith of the Bulldogs embrace after winning the round 15 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Western Bulldogs at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 2, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Sydney will back themselves to take on the Western Bulldogs' midfield authority rather than simply try to negate it.

With the AFL ladder's top spot on the line and eager to avoid slipping to a 10-4 record like the bunch of teams beneath them, the Swans will aim to pile on the pressure at the SCG on Saturday.

Assistant coach Stuart Dew said that could prove the difference against a side that wins the contested ball even they lose games.

"It's a big a challenge to try and match them, and even beat them - that would be a big way to win the game," Dew said.

"But no one's been able to do it so far.

"We have to back ourselves.

"It's really hard given how many will roll through there, so we'll try and match them in there with our players.

"How much pressure we put on them will determine the effectiveness of their ball use."

Dew said the Dogs' success lay in their ability to play as a cohesive unit.

"They've got so many options that can go through there," he said.

"They don't rely on to or three.

"You see some teams stack in a couple of players but they're a real even spread."

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