It’s up there somewhere: Kurt Tippett competes for the ball against David Hale. Photo: Matt KingSydney’s thrashing against Hawthorn has been compounded by an injury scare surrounding star forward Kurt Tippett.
Tippett will have scans on Monday to determine the severity of an injury to his right hand which he suffered during the 89-point hiding on Saturday night.
Tippett was able to finish the match but played out the game with the index and middle fingers on his right hand heavily strapped.
The Swans have also lost midfielder Craig Bird to a calf strain. Bird was subbed out of the game in the first quarter.
But it’s Tippett’s injury which will be of greatest concern to the Swans, whose premiership credentials have taken a hammering.
“He’ll have to get a scan. I think it was a pretty big impact on his hand,” said Swans coach John Longmire. “He’ll get a scan on Monday but he probably played the game out OK. I’m not sure that’s a good sign or not but he was in some pain at half time. We’ll have to see how it goes on Monday.”
The Swans are already facing a dilemma in their ruck stocks after losing Mike Pyke during the week to a knee injury. It’s unclear if Pyke will be available next week.
Should both Pyke and Tippett be available, the ruck duties will fall to youngster Toby Nankervis, who earned praise from Longmire in an otherwise dismal game for the Swans.
“I thought Toby Nankervis wasn’t bad in the ruck. He competed pretty hard but there wouldn’t have been a lot of good that come out of it,” Longmire said.
Little separated the two sides on the stats sheet – the Swans won more possessions and contested balls – but both coaches agreed Hawthorn’s better ball use was the reason for the huge discrepancy on the scoreboard.
“We had a lot of opportunities to hit our forwards but didn’t do it, they turned our [inside 50] entries into goals,” Longmire said.
“When they won possession of the ball they took it down the ground and kicked goals.”
Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said his team was very efficient in their forward line.
“Our defensive structures were quite strong behind the ball and that prevented Sydney from being able to kick a score,” Clarkson said.
“They kicked inaccurately but some of that was due to good pressure in the middle of the ground from our guys. That efficiency was the difference in the result really.”
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