Crows brace for Franklin finals challenge

Crows brace for Franklin finals challenge

Adelaide coach Don Pyke is plotting to stop two Lance Franklins.

The first Franklin version is the Sydney star forward who roams far and wide. The other is the one who stays close to goal.

Pyke isn’t sure which style Franklin will bring when Adelaide meet the Swans in Saturday night’s semi-final at the SCG.

“He has been playing a little bit further up the ground,” Pyke said of Franklin.

“Whether they stay with him playing higher up the ground this week or they bring him back more inside 50, time will tell.

“We will probably prepare for both, knowing that he’s one of their keys and he’s one of their guys they target regularly going forward.”

Franklin will be shadowed by Adelaide defender Daniel Talia but Pyke was mindful of the challenges presented not only by Sydney’s trumpcard but also by the tighter confines of the SCG.

Pyke trained the Crows on Wednesday by marking out the dimensions of the SCG, where the Crows have played just once in four seasons, noting it was vital to control the centre corridor at the ground.

“Given it’s such a short ground, if you can get control of the ball in that area, it allows you to attack goal pretty directly,” he said.

“So the ground itself has a component … but fundamentally the way we play won’t change.

“There will probably be some focus areas and some areas you just need to adapt to both the ground and the opposition – that is what happens week to week.”

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