Tight tussle tipped for showdown



IT took victories in low-scoring thrillers for St Kilda and Sydney to reach an AFL preliminary final, and Swans coach Paul Roos said another one will probably be needed when they meet at the MCG tonight.

While both sides can produce fast-paced attacking football, Roos said the high stakes, combined with each side's thorough knowlege of the other, meant a high-scoring blow-out was unlikely.

"Everyone likes to play nice flash footy and run from defence and hit targets and all those sort of things, but I think it will be a scrap,'' Roos said yesterday.

"All the finals really have been so far ... even the first half of the Adelaide-Port game, was a real scrap, so it's just been the way finals footy's been played this year.''

The Swans kicked just 7.14 (56) to beat Geelong by three points at the SCG last week, while West Coast kicked 10.9 (69) to down Sydney by four points the week before.

Even the normally high-scoring Saints only scored 10.5 (65) in their qualifying final victory over Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.



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