Head coach John Longmire of the Sydney Swans is hoping forward Lance Franklin can play in his team’s upcoming showdown with the seventh-place Adelaide Crows (9-6) on August 1st. Fans and punters can wager on this match with a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet. Franklin hurt his back on July 24th in the Swans’ training session and missed his squad’s 52-point loss to the West Coast Eagles two days later.
Longmire spoke to the media about his star forward and said,
He hurt it on Friday, so it was just too short – it’s only two days later – to be able to get up and play. So, we flew him back to get him back into Sydney and get his rehab underway and we’re hopeful he’s available this week.
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The coach stated that his Swans side failed to take advantage of their chances in the loss to the Eagles. They were behind by 25 points after the opening quarter even though they had the same amount of shots on goal as the second-place Eagles. The visiting Swans mustered just five points during the first quarter along with a lone goal in the first half. It was their worst opening to a contest against West Coast in their past 46 encounters. Swans’ fans can back their team to rebound against Adelaide with a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet.
Sam Reid of the Swans rang the post twice in the first quarter on set shots and Sydney never really recovered. Longmire said the Eagles applied a lot of good pressure and have been playing fine footy, but the Swans seemed to shoot themselves in the foot on more than one occasion in their meeting. He added, “Importantly, you need to hit the scoreboard. We thought a few of the tackles and the pressure early was pretty good, but we needed to take our chances a bit earlier. It puts you on the back foot from there on in. If the opposition are kicking them from 50 and you’re not, it makes it difficult.” Don’t forget to have a punt on your favourite team in the next round with a CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet.
Longmire was happy with the play of Dane Rampe as he kept Josh Kennedy to just three goals, and was also pleased with Xavier Richards. After the match, the coach confirmed that Mike Pyke has been having trouble with his knee and they’ll have to keep an eye on it for the remainder of the season. Pyke was subbed out against the Eagles in the third quarter. Be sure to look over the weekly CrownBet AFL Bonus Bet promotion before making your picks.