Sam Jacobs
Sam Jacobs

Adelaide star midfielders Patrick Dangerfield and Scott Thompson have credited ruckman Sam Jacobs for their All Australian selections this week.

The All Australian team was announced on Monday and featured a record-breaking 15 fresh faces earning a place in the side.

Dangerfield and Thompson were two of those debutants and the only representatives for the Crows in the final squad after Jacobs, defender Brent Reilly and full forward Taylor Walker missed the 22-man cut.

The midfield pair enjoyed their most consistent years at West Lakes, featuring in every game of the home-and-away season while managing to rank inside the top 10 for most disposals in the league.

Having seen a greater share of the ball, Dangerfield and Thompson attributed their on-field success to Jacobs, who they considered a shock to miss out on an All Australian birth.

"Our season's probably a reflection of what he's been able to do to make us look like better players, and he's very stiff to miss out on selection," Thompson said.

Dangerfield shared Thompson's sentiments while also suggesting his midfield partner was another reason for his All Australian debut.

"Certainly from my perspective I wouldn't have gotten here without Sammy Jacobs and Thommo in the middle ... it's a credit to them," Dangerfield said.

"We have great on-field relationship."

While All Australian selection was a huge individual honour for Dangerfield and Thompson, the duo is firmly focused on Saturday's preliminary final against premiership favourites Hawthorn.

In their last three trips to the preliminary stage, Adelaide have fallen just short of a grand final appearance.

The Crows blew an early lead to lose by 28 points to Collingwood in 2002 before back-to-back defeats to West Coast in 2005 and 2006, where they crashed out by 16 and 10 points respectively.

The agony of those close losses to the Eagles still burns for Thompson who featured in both.

"The '06 one where we were five, six goals up at half-time against West Coast (and lost) is one that really sits in the guts," Thompson said.

"The last two years we haven't played finals and its six years ago now since we made the prelim so we need to make the most of our opportunities.

"To be in that position (preliminary final) ... they don't come round too often and we've got every chance now to go over there and have a win against Hawthorn.

"This is my 12th year in the system and I've never played in a grand final, so it's important that we get ourselves up and about on the weekend, and with prelim finals who knows what can happen."

One Hawk standing in the way of Adelaide's first grand final since their back-to-back premiership success in 1997 and 1998 is Lance Franklin.

The dynamic forward has booted 12 goals in his last three games since returning after being put on ice with a hamstring injury following the Hawks' 162-point win over this season's wooden spooners Greater Western Sydney in Round 15.

While Dangerfield admitted Franklin was the man to stop on Saturday, he also highlighted a team-mate of his own who the Hawks must be wary of.

"The same questions were asked last week: 'How are we going to stop Pav (Matthew Pavlich), but Ben Rutten took care of him and did a terrific job," Dangerfield said.

"Once again the defenders will have to work together to stop Buddy, but at the same time I think Hawthorn will be thinking 'how are we going to stop Taylor Walker?'"

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