Hinckley rules out resting stars

13 September 2020 19:07:36 GMTPlus10

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinckley will resist the temptation to rest players after wrapping up a place in the top two on Saturday night.

The 50-point win over Essendon has guaranteed a home final for Port, but Hinckley says there will be no let-up as the business end of the season fast approaches.

With a top-two berth secure, Hinckley could be forgiven for resting some of his star players ahead of a finals campaign, but nothing could be wider of the mark.

Port can wrap up the minor Premiership with victory over Collingwood next Monday, and Hinckley has no intention of taking the foot off the gas.

Momentum could be crucial heading into the finals and the Port coach is keen to pick up a fifth straight win against the Magpies.

"I'd like us to continue what we're doing and continue to play another strong game next week," Hinkley said. "There's nothing better than being in good form. Sometimes it can be really hard when you've got a couple of things locked away, it can be a little distracting, but I think the group showed tonight that they're not getting distracted.

"They're prepared to play every game on its merits and I think that's why it's really important. They've been led that way all year, that the scoreboard, ladder, outcomes, it's not what we chase. It's about doing it together."

Meanwhile, things continue to go from bad to worse for the Bombers, with the defeat meaning they have won just one game out of the last nine.

Port are priced at 2/1 to reach the grand final

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