West Coast coach John Worsfold says he is unfazed by Western Bulldogs great Luke Darcy's suggestions that the Eagles are getting away with a large number of throws.
While West Coast's alleged ducking technique to earn high tackle free-kicks has been a focus for much of the year, Darcy raised a new issue when he suggested on the AFL website after the Eagles' narrow loss to Collingwood that their players were not being penalised for illegal disposals when tackled.
Darcy compared it to the 'Crow-throw', a throwback to a term regularly used to describe Adelaide's style of play under former coach Graham Cornes.
While Worsfold insisted the latest criticism was not a sign of an agenda against them, he said there was nothing wrong with what his players had been doing.
"(AFL umpires boss) Jeff Gieschen made an assessment about it in terms of what happened in that game and we could have been penalised for two throws in that game and Collingwood one. That's the issue," Worsfold said.
"I haven't noticed (throws in games) any more than any other year.
"There are a lot of grey areas in those rules ... but if it's an illegal disposal but they've had no prior opportunity to get rid of the ball, that's fine.
"Players are told if they haven't had prior opportunity to get rid of the ball they have to make an attempt and they won't be pinged for dropping the ball."
Of greater concern to Worsfold was trying to bounce back from the three-point loss to the Magpies, which saw West Coast drop to fourth ahead of Saturday's home game against Gold Coast.
Although the Suns have lost 27 of their past 28 games as well as 19 consecutively, which is just seven shy of an AFL era record, Worsfold said he was unlikely to rest players so soon after a bye.
"The boys have come off a recent rest so it's not critical at this stage to give anyone a spell," he said.
The Eagles could also receive a double boost on the injury front, with Worsfold saying Will Schofield was 'a chance' to return from a hamstring strain and Adam Selwood is also in contention to come back from an infection.
They could also be joined by a new face in 18-year-old small forward Murray Newman, who Worsfold said was a real possibility to make his debut."He's very close. We've talked about him a few times this year and his form stacks up, it's been as good as anyone in the WAFL," he said.