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Leigh Matthews praises Fremantle ruckman Sean Darcy’s last quarter after Collingwood’s ‘big, fat and slow’ sledge backfired


AFL nice Leigh Matthews has praised ruckman Sean Darcy’s last quarter in Fremantle’s stirring away win over Collingwood, urging the Pies to not “poke the bear” the subsequent time the 2 sides meet after their “big, fat and slow” taunting techniques backfired.

The battle between Darcy and All-Australian ruckman Brodie Grundy was one of many focal factors of Saturday’s thriller at Marvel Stadium.


While Grundy was rated the most effective participant on the bottom, booting two objectives from 22 disposals and seven marks to couple 27 disposals, Darcy rose to the problem, recording a game-high and career-high 9 clearances, 18 disposals, 4 inside 50s, 5 spoils and 19 hit-outs (six to benefit).


Seven of Darcy’s disposals got here within the last quarter, together with two marks and three inside-50s.


It got here after the 202cm ruckman was caught out earlier within the match, Grundy pushing ahead to kick two objectives and letting Darcy find out about it.

“You’ve got the hard-running ruckman in Grundy and Darcy’s bulky, not a great runner,” Matthews informed Sportsday.

“Every now and again early in the game, Grundy’s run into the forward line unopposed, took the big mark and you looked at Sean Darcy, who was about 40m behind him back in the centre square and he would’ve thought ‘oh geez I didn’t go with him’.

“Grundy then did that again about halfway through the last quarter, ran into the forward line took took the big grab and kicked the goal. So he’s now kicked two goals just running off Sean Darcy.

“But they poked the bear … You could see that Grundy and his Collingwood teammates were getting into Darcy for probably being big, fat and slow that he just couldn’t go with Grundy.

“We know that Fremantle kicked the last three goals and won the game and Sean Darcy’s last 10 minutes was outstanding. What he did well, he did. He took a couple of strong marks, good second-effort clearance player.

“So don’t poke the bear. Grundy and Collingwood had him off the bit I reckon.

“They both played good games, but I was really pleased that you could see Sean dig in and say ‘I’ve got to find something here’, which he did in the last 10 minutes.”

Brodie Grundy of the Magpies and Sean Darcy of the Dockers battle in the ruck.
Camera IconBrodie Grundy of the Magpies and Sean Darcy of the Dockers battle within the ruck. Credit: Quinn Rooney/by way of AFL Photos

Speaking post-game, Darcy stated he was desirous to face Grundy once more.

“They are the better ones that you want to play against and see where you are at, especially against him,” Darcy informed Fox Footy.

“He showed me how to work around the ground today, he was unbelievable.

“He got forward and kicked a couple of goals which I was fuming about, but we’ll go again next time.”

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