Taylor, Hendo attack options for Geelong

Harry Taylor and Lachie Henderson could be unleashed in Geelong’s forward line during the AFL finals, having helped swing Sunday’s game at the MCG.

Cats coach Chris Scott shifted key defenders Taylor and Henderson into attack against Richmond, desperate for a spark after his side managed just 4.13 in the opening three quarters.

Coupled with some dominance in the midfield, it resulted in six consecutive goals and a four-point win for Geelong.

Both Taylor and Henderson have performed the role of swingman in the past but not during this season.

Don’t be surprised if Scott uses the ploy again this year.

“Horses for courses a little it,” he said, when asked if it could happen in September.

“It’s an option that we’ve talked about a lot. I’m sure we’ll continue to talk about it.

“We train it a little bit because we’re reticent to throw things at the team that we haven’t practised.

“Although we did a few things against Richmond that we haven’t necessarily talked about. The pleasing thing for us is the players showed the willingness to adapt in a pretty high-pressure situation.”

Scott conceded he should have tried to mix things up earlier in the contest, with the Tigers stacking numbers in defence and Alex Rance negating the impact of Cats spearhead Tom Hawkins.

“What we changed in the last quarter probably could have happened a little bit earlier,” he said.

“We know Harry Taylor can play forward and we’ve very confident that Lachie can play forward for us as well.

“Those two made a difference. It opened up a little bit for Hawkins.”

Taylor, who kicked a clutch goal in his 200th game, relished the chance to lock horns with gun defender Rance.

“Because he is a fantastic defender and just to get to learn a few of his tricks,” Taylor said.

“I often watch him on the vision but don’t often get the opportunity to play on him so from that point of view it was a really good learning opportunity.

“I took a lot out of that match up and hopefully I will be able to use it in my game.

“It was great to go up there albeit I was a bit limited with injury.”

Taylor expects he will be fit for the Cats’ clash with Brisbane at the Gabba on Sunday.

“I went back when playing forward and got crunched so it was a bit of a hip pointer, sore but I will be fine,” he said.

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