Eagles sweat on two stars
Sun July 29, 2012 8:51pm
WEST Coast will sweat on the availability of star veterans Darren Glass and Daniel Kerr ahead of next weekend's derby blockbuster against Fremantle.
Glass was reported for rough conduct after a hit on opposing skipper Jonathan Brown, while Kerr failed to play in the second half of the Eagles’ thumping 98-point win over Brisbane.
The potential loss of the key pair took the gloss off West Coast’s highlight-packed 28.7 (175) to 12.5 (77) triumph, which was set up by a glittering performance from Nic Naitanui in front of 35,767 adoring fans at Patersons Stadium.
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The young ruckman had his fingerprints all over a seven-goal first term, and went on to take a series of athletic marks as he ruled the airwaves against a disappointing Lions outfit.
Naitanui dominated the clearances to finish with 36 hitouts, 15 touches and three goals as the Eagles kicked their equal-eighth highest score of all-time.
Defenders Beau Waters (30 possessions, one goal) and Shannon Hurn (19 possessions, two goals) were magnificent all day, while Jack Darling finished with five majors.
But the win was overshadowed by the potential loss of Glass, who looks likely to face time on the sidelines after bumping Brown to the ground midway through the final term.
Glass came from the opposite direction to the Brisbane forward and was airborne when his shoulder made contact with Brown’s head, knocking him to the ground.
Kerr sustained hamstring tightness shortly before the main break and received treatment from the trainers on the boundary. But despite running out with the side after half-time, he was soon replaced by substitute Pat McGinnity.