Sydney Swans midfielder James Rowbottom says a hostile Port Adelaide crowd won’t deter his side from claiming a third straight win on Saturday afternoon.
Rowbottom spoke to the media in the lead-up to Saturday’s big clash with the Power, identifying what it takes to prepare for a tough game away from home.
“(In preparation) we touch on sort of feeding off the silence.”
“It’s obviously a pretty hostile crowd over in Adelaide. If we’re up and going and got a bit of momentum the crowd won’t be overly loud so we touch on bringing energy and feeding off that silence.
“It’s really hostile over there but a challenge we are looking forward to.”
The Swans are to welcome back superstar Lance Franklin, who served a one match ban for striking Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin.
Franklin is one of two inclusions to the Swans side, with defender Harry Cunningham also coming back from injury.
Port Adelaide on the other hand have been dealt a serious blow with veterans Robbie Gray and Travis Boak both being forced out of the side due to injury and health & safety protocols respectively.
On the absence of Boak, Rowbottom said, “It won’t necessarily change the way we approach the game.”
“Obviously he’s an important part of their midfield and leads them very strongly.
“They’ve still got plenty of depth through there that we’ll have to put a lot of work and effort into.”
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The Swans are yet to gain ruckman Tom Hickey back from injury, as he returns to the VFL this week hoping to gain some match fitness.
This has left Peter Ladhams as the solo ruckman to take on his old side for the first time, with Rowbottom heaping praise on the 24 year old.
“He’s a great fella Pete (Ladhams) … A really good character and obviously his footy has been speaking for himself at the moment.
“Since he’s come into the side he’s had a really big impact not only in the ruck, but around the ground he shows great glimpses of what he can do with the ball in his hands as well.”
Rowbottom has been having a career best season so far in 2022, averaging 18 disposals, 4.5 clearances and 5.9 tackles per game.
A Swans victory on Saturday would be their ninth of the year and could see them climb as high as fourth on the ladder if other results fall their way.
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