Hawthorn’s reputation as AFL bullies who beat up on opponents is, well, a beat-up, says Adelaide coach Scott Camporeale.
Camporeale reckons every side, every game, adopts the same physical tactics as the Hawks.
“It happens every week,” Camporeale told reporters on Thursday.
“It’s just because we hear about Hawthorn and the way they play, they’re a tough footy team, a contested footy team and they have got the runs on the board.”
Camporeale said the Crows expect Hawthorn to try to rough them up in Friday night’s semi-final at the MCG.
“But knowing our group, we won’t be backing down in anything the Hawks want to throw at us,” he said.
“And it’s a final and it’s cut-throat so we expect it and hopefully we can dish a bit back.”
Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson said his side’s approach won’t change.
“All finals are physical … I wouldn’t expect anything different this week,” Clarkson told reporters on Thursday.
The Hawks blatantly targeted Adelaide’s small forwards Eddie Betts and Charlie Cameron in the only meeting of the sides this year – a 29-point Hawthorn triumph at Adelaide Oval in round 12.
But Camporeale said his side had matured significantly since that clash and were ready for a repeat of Hawthorn’s niggling tactics.
“That stuff, sometimes the players have to deal with that themselves,” he said.
“It’s like being tagged – if (Patrick) Dangerfield gets tagged, he has to deal with that as well.
“There is only so much you can do. But at the end of the day if you as an individual perform and play your role, all the other stuff is irrelevant.”