Two footy greats are torn after the Western Bulldogs opted towards tagging Christian Petracca and suffered by the hands of his domination within the grand closing rematch.
Simply as he’d finished in final yr’s decider at Perth Stadium, the reigning Norm Smith medallist destroyed the Canine as he led the Demons to a 26-point win on the MCG on Wednesday night time.
Petracca racked up 38 possessions (16 contested) and two objectives as Melbourne carved out a 14.13 (97) to 11.5 (71) victory within the first recreation of the season.
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The 26-year-old was the catalyst behind a Demons resurgence after the Canine ran in eight objectives in succession throughout the primary and second phrases.
It prompted Demons legend Garry Lyon to ask why the Canine did not clamp Petracca in an try to quell his affect.
“You as a ahead … stroll round with firm all day,” Lyon mentioned to Brisbane Lions icon Jonathan Brown on Fox Footy after the match.
“Arm throughout, fist in again, one coming again into your area, as effectively.
“There is a participant you have simply put within the (Nathan) Buckley and the (Michael) Voss class when it comes to the place he is going, strolling across the floor on his personal.
“Do not get overwhelmed by what you realize.
“Has he been examined bodily? Is there room for that?
“Does it take an excessive amount of away from the way in which you play?”
Brown shot again an argument.
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“He is simply going so effectively in the mean time (that) I do not suppose you’ll be able to cease him,” Brown reasoned.
“So, I believe groups now are simply going to again of their system.
“(Josh) Dunkley could have tried for durations within the grand closing, however I am wanting on the Bulldogs tonight and going, ‘Who’s going to do it? Who’s going to cease Petracca?'”
Lyon had a person in thoughts.
“Fifteen minutes of Libba (Tom Liberatore) simply going nuts on him,” Lyon quipped.
However Brown once more disagreed
“Take a look at Libba,” Brown mentioned.
“Libba’s a small midfielder.
“Mate, he will bully him, he will ragdoll him.”
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