Roos focus on finals, not history: Scott

North Melbourne made history on Saturday night but the Kangaroos are more interested in building a platform for their premiership tilt than their place in the record books.

For the first time in their 92-season history, North are unbeaten after the opening nine games after they thumped Carlton by 67 points at Etihad Stadium.

But Scott knows a great start won’t mean much without a strong finish.

“I’m rapt for our supporters, those sorts of things are great for your members and sponsors … but the players know that there’s a really good opportunity in the second half of the year,” Scott said.

“We’re really focused on Sydney this week. It will bring us back down to earth pretty quickly if we’re not careful.”

The win moved the Roos two games clear at the top of the ladder but they now face a tough section of their fixture, playing four current top-eight sides in their five games before the bye.

“We’ve built a really good platform, but we’ll come up against some really good opposition and the reality is win, lose or draw we’ll learn a hell of a lot out of all of those games,” he said.

“This is going to be a really good test for us and one that we’re up for.”

North impressed with the way they stuck to the task against the Blues a week after they took their foot off the pedal against fast-finishing Essendon.

Todd Goldstein was instrumental in the win with 45 hitouts, 19 possessions and three goals.

“I thought he was great, I think he gave our midfield really good use,” Scott said.

“Goldy has been challenged this year in terms of opposition ruckmen who have been having really good seasons.

“Who the premiere ruckman is at the moment in the competition is open to interpretation or opinions of others, but Goldy really set himself a few years ago to assert himself on the competition and I think he’s taken his game to a new level.

“He’s got a few strings to his bow now.”

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