North Melbourne coach Brad Scott has pledged to swing the changes after labelling the Kangaroos’ second-half capitulation to Collingwood as “disgusting” and “appalling”.
The Kangaroos absolutely dominated the first two quarters of Sunday’s clash at the MCG and should have led by more than 39 points at the long break.
But they went missing in the third term as the Magpies slammed on nine goals to nil before going on to win 17.10 (112) to 14.11 (95).
“It’s as disgusted as I’ve been,” said Scott.
“I’m shattered for everyone associated with our football club.
“We’ll be doing something about it – don’t worry about that.”
The 13th-placed Kangaroos travel to Hobart on Sunday for what shapes as a season-defining game against West Coast, who are flying high in second spot after belting Geelong.
“Everyone gets held accountable,” said Scott, whose team made it all the way to the preliminary final last year and were expected to continue their improvement in 2015.
“There are players who played well in the VFL yesterday and so players will be held accountable to a standard (which) the leaders and the off-field leaders of the football club demand.”
Scott was furious that the Kangaroos seemed powerless to halt the Collingwood charge led by five-goal forward Jamie Elliott.
“It’s as disgusting a performance as I’ve been involved with since I’ve been at North Melbourne,” said Scott.
“Just absolutely appalling and we’ve got to turn it around very quickly, because at the moment we’re capable of what we were capable of in the first half and really dominating the game and then, for whatever reason, whether it’s mental aptitude or mental strength.
“… We use the right words like being tough and ruthless and relentless but it was anything but in the second half.”
The Kangaroos badly missed skipper Andrew Swallow who was a late withdrawal after failing to overcome a thumb injury.
“He was close but he just couldn’t function,” said Scott.
“His game is built around in-tight stoppage work and tackling and he couldn’t do either of those at the level required, so we left him out.