Boris in doubt for Collingwood clash

Geelong’s ruck dominance could give it the edge in Saturday night’s clash with Collingwood, potentially without Corey Enright.

The Cats faced a crisis of talls pre-season when Nathan Vardy went down with a year-ending knee injury. But the emergence of Hamish McIntosh – without a senior game in almost two years – and Dawson Simpson has coach Chris Scott purring.

“After two rounds playing together, it looks like an option that can work for us longer term,” he said. “It allows us to have options in our game style which we didn’t really have last year.

In limbo: Corey Enright.
In doubt: Corey Enright. Photo: Getty Images

“To get something, we’ve got to give something. We have felt on balance we’ve got more from the two of them than what we’ve had to give. It’s a nice problem to have.”

McIntosh and Simpson out-rucked Matthew Leuenberger and former Cat Trent West in their win against the Brisbane Lions at the Gabba on Sunday, winning the hitouts 55-38.

Scott said the pair wouldn’t be certain starters in every game but were likely to be named to take on Collingwood, which has young ruckman Brodie Grundy, with support from Jesse White.

A more troubling prospect will be the fitness of Enright, who twisted his ankle against the Lions. Scott said the triple premiership player was a little sore, but scans had cleared him of serious damage. He said Enright would be given right up until naming a final team to prove his fitness.

“It did look quite serious – it almost looked like that sort of incident had the potential to break his leg, but there’s nothing serious like that, thank god,” he said. “Given he couldn’t come back on the field there’s obviously some doubt there … if he’s close, we have an obligation to name him. We can’t be making a decision on Thursday morning.”

Geelong could also name young midfielder George Burbury, who broke his jaw in the pre-season but has completed a rapid recovery and played in the VFL last weekend.

Source – The Age