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Dangerous small Hawks in Bulldogs' sights

  • Dangerous small Hawks in Bulldogs' sights

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Cyril Rioli (right) and Luke Breust of the Hawks celebrate during the 2016 AFL Round 03 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Hawthorn Hawks at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on April 10, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Stopping Hawthorn's potent small forwards looms as a key to victory in Friday's AFL semi-final, Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge says.

Cyril Rioli, Paul Puopolo and Luke Breust have caused headaches for opposition sides all year but Beveridge says they'll require extra attention at the MCG given Hawthorn's talent in spreading the ball around the wider ground.

"They provide a significant aerial and ground threat, so we'll need to put enough pressure on the ball and give our defenders a chance to win the ball back really quickly," Beveridge said on Thursday.

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