Port unchanged for Tigers clash

16 October 2020 13:33:45 GMTPlus11

Port Adelaide will be unchanged for the preliminary final with Richmond Tigers on Friday night, Power coach Ken Hinkley has revealed.

Port had a couple of concerns following the win over Geelong as Todd Marshall picked up a shoulder injury and Xavier Duursma suffered a concussion.

However Hinkley says both have been passed fit to play as the Power chase a spot in next week's grand final.

"We'll be no change. He'll (Marshall) be fine. Xavier was the other who came out of our last game who might have some doubt over but both boys trained well this week and are ready to go," Hinkley said.

Marshall has struggled to kick goals in recent weeks, but Hinkley says they look at the bigger picture and the role the 22-year-old plays in the team is crucial.

"Output from numbers only is one thing but you've got to value the whole thing and for us we value what Todd brings amazingly to our team. We've got a great record with Todd in the side," Hinkley added.

"There's so many times that you just need to be in the right spot and it helps other people.

"The stats don't purely tell you that – they don't tell you exactly what's going on in the game style we're trying to achieve and Todd's an incredibly important part of that game style."

Meanwhile, veteran Justin Westhoff, who will retire at the end of the season, has been left out but Hinkley says everyone understands that sentiment cannot be involved when chasing a flag.

Port are 77/100 to beat the Tigers, who are 11/10.

The Power are 5212/1 to win the grand final.

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