The Adelaide Crows intend to treat Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin as just another Richmond jumper in Saturday’s AFL grand final.
The Crows say they’ll have plans for medallist Martin – but won’t ignore the other Tiger threats in Saturday’s premiership decider.
Adelaide ruckman Sam Jacobs says his midfielders have been asked a similar question throughout the finals: how do they stop their star on-ball opponents?
“Every week we have copped it, whether it’s (Geelong’s Patrick) Dangerfield or (Joel) Selwood or someone like that,” Jacobs said.
“Every team has got some really good players and Richmond are no different.
“Dusty is obviously the head act at the moment.
“Respectfully, they they have got a lot of fantastic players and they’re good players in their own right.”
Adelaide deployed robust 30-gamer Riley Knight on Cat captain Joel Selwood in their preliminary final win, with the 22-year-old a candidate for Martin if the Crows opt for a hard tag.
But Jacobs said it would take a total team effort to dim the influence of the Richmond star.
“He’s like every other player, you just pressure him and make him make a decision,” he said.
“We obviously see that he’s really strong and breaks a lot of tackles and we have got to make sure we’re on top of that.
“But they have got a lot of good players and we will focus on all of them.
“It’s no different to any other midfielder they have got, Cotchin and these types have been fantastic.
“Last week it was Selwood and Danger. We will back our guys in to get the job done. We have got a lot of good midfielders in really strong form.”