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Primus: Hawks roughed us up

Sportal June 11, 2012, 9:10 am
Alipate Carlile

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Port Adelaide coach Matthew Primus hinted Hawthorn were responsible for much of the bitterness and niggle evident in the Hawks' 46-point victory over the Power at AAMI Stadium on Sunday.

In-form duo Danyle Pearce and Hamish Hartlett came in for plenty of extra physical attention from Liam Shiels and Brad Sewell respectively, and as a result the Port duo's output was well down on their recent high standards.

Pearce was felled on a number of occasions and was involved in a lengthy outer-wing wrestling match with Shiels, while Hartlett copped incidental hits to the jaw from Lance Franklin and Paul Puopolo, after Shiels and Grant Birchall had earlier roughed him up.

"That's just how Hawthorn play," Primus said.

"They were at us and there was a bit of niggle.

"They were up on the scoreboard and it was an important game for them.

"As Clarko (Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson) said, it was a danger game for them, so they were certainly up for the battle."

Despite the fact his side copped such a touch up and saw their three-game winning streak come to an end, Primus did not hide his admiration for Hawthorn and he wants his developing group to aspire to emulate them.

"They just outclassed us," Primus said.

"They brought a lot of pressure that we thought they'd bring.

"That's something they don't get respect for - they certainly come at you and bring a bit of heat to the ball carrier and the outside guys.

"We weren't clean with our ball by hand or foot.

"It shows us the level we have to get to and the level we aspire to get to ... not that we're going to play exactly like Hawthorn do.

"Not many teams do, because they're not capable of doing it."

Port were smashed early, conceding seven first-term goals en route to a 25-point quarter-time deficit which did not stop growing until three late Power majors at the death.

The home side was delivered a blow with the late withdrawal of defensive half-forward Matt Thomas (corked thigh), who would no doubt have dished out plenty in what was a niggling contest.

Primus, who rates Thomas a 50-50 chance of fronting the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium this Sunday, believes his charges would have learnt a lot from watching the classy Hawks go about their business.

"We learnt some great lessons from a very, very good team," Primus said.

"For our young midfield group, there were some great lessons and some great footage to watch over the coming days.

"There's a gap between where Hawthorn are (and us). I think Hawthorn are one of the top teams in the competition.

"We want to get there quickly."

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  1. Geoff5102:36pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    what a whinger.....obviously primus is not up to senior coaching, no wonder he is just clinging to his job.....tells his players to be physical and then sulks because he comes off second best, now thats what i call a total loser

  2. Snatch02:29pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    typical bully boys. get some stick back then go crying to mummy. u got what u deserve port. man up.

  3. Zorb01:35pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    absolutely, primus is just trying to lie in a desperate attempt to gain some kind of psychological advantage next time they play, if people beleive it, it will be true. what a lie, it was so obvious port where the ones trying to instigate fights. hawthorn are actually a really fair side who play football.

  4. MrJoba01:30pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, Port went the bash, got a bit back, then forgot to play football, as the Hawks ran away with the game. And Primus makes excuses ...

  5. MrJoba01:29pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Yes, Port tried to rough up the Hawks, got a bit back, then forgot to play footy when the Hawks ran away with the game. And Primus goes looking for excuses ...

  6. Brenton01:27pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Time to harden the f#@! Up you weak b!$&#$!s. Give your fans something to watch.

  7. garry jessop12:31pm Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I agree with the other 2 comments.It seemed to me that power were the instigators and it backfired.couldnt have happened to a better club.wait for the next few weeks though.more is on its way.

  8. D Mack11:29am Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    You're right Mitchell D, port always try to drag superior teams to their scrappy level, because they know they can't match them at an honest game of footy.. Happens every single Show-Down vs the Crows.

  9. Mitchell D10:51am Monday 11th June 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    From what I saw from the start of the game it was the other way around, if you can't handle it Primus get out.