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AFL after round 5 : The Kangaroos continue to climb our form ladder

1. Hawthorn 
We copped some heat last week for keeping the Hawks in the No.1 spot despite another narrow victory and we are expecting more of the same this week. We reckon the reigning premiers in any given year are never more vulnerable than they are in the first six weeks of the season. They haven't had the same preparation as any other team except the losing grand finalist (who they comfortably accounted for). By our reckoning that means the Hawks are only going to get better, especially when Jarryd Roughead rejoins them halfway through the season.

2. Western Bulldogs (2)
There are plenty of questions about who will step up in the absence of Bob Murphy and Jason Johannisen and it looks like the answer is everybody. Granted it wasn't much of a test against Brisbane, but the Dogs looked as good as ever, with Koby Stevens playing a superb game, while Tom Campbell looks to have locked away his spot in his first game for the year.

3. North Melbourne (4)
We know we haven't rated the Suns highly so far this season, but we did consider this a danger game for the Kangaroos, who have fallen prey to Gold Coast at Metricon on past occasions. Instead they clinically disposed of yet another rival to continue their fantastic start to the season.

4. Adelaide (5)
If you haven't watched an Adelaide game this season, what the hell are you waiting for? The Crows are playing some of the most exciting football in the competition and you should pencil in a session in front of the box to watch them although you are unlikely to see much of a contest against Fremantle this weekend.

5. Sydney (6)
Helped by some typical Sydney weather on their home deck the Swans were far too good for the Eagles. Answering almost every question that has been asked of them this season and should set themselves up in the next three weeks with easy games against Brisbane, Essendon and Richmond.

6. West Coast (3)
Failed their second test so far this season, which isn't a great sign. Will do nothing to shed their flat-track bully tag, which looks like it is back this year, when they flog Collingwood at home next weekend.

7. Geelong (7)
After a horrendous first quarter, Geelong finally displayed some of the football that offered so much promise in round one. They moved the ball quickly, hit their targets and were able to win the hard ball. If they can produce that sort of football consistently they will be a lock for a top four finish.

8. GWS (8)
Their fast attacking football seems well suited to Etihad Stadium, which should hold them in good stead for their visits to Melbourne this season. Jeremy Cameron's return yielded five goals from just seven kicks, a potent reminder of what the Giants have been missing through the opening rounds.

9. Port Adelaide (9)
Port Adelaide looked like they might have turned the corner after their first quarter effort against Geelong, but it proved to be another false dawn as they fell away badly after that point. The good news for Port is that they meet the Tigers this week and should be able to get a win on the board.

10. St Kilda (10)
The Saints are still a very young side, which is why we were hesitant to move them up too far after their excellent showing against the Hawks. Their performance against the Giants on the weekend showed that they are still going to be a little bit inconsistent this season.

11. Melbourne (12)
The Dees are actually a very good side this year. They posted back-to-back wins for the first time since 2011 on the back of another Jack Viney master-class. If they are indeed the real deal they must break another hoodoo this week, toppling the Saints, a side they haven't beaten in a decade.

12. Richmond (11)
Tiger fans have to wait at least another week before Brett Deledio returns after he was a late withdrawal against the Dees. Whether he can cure all their ills is still open to question as the rest of the team's lack of pace seems to be hurting them this season.

13. Brisbane (13)
Tom Rockliff returned to the side against the Bulldogs and Dayne Beams could be back next week to face the Swans. That should make the Brisbane midfield a lot more powerful.

14. Gold Coast (14)
A road trip to Geelong should see the Suns drop out of the eight next week and we are not too sure we will see them return.

15. Collingwood (16)
Travis Cloke is in real trouble. He struggled in the reserves as Collingwood's VFL side was flogged by Essendon and his replacement, American Mason Cox, showed plenty on debut on Anzac Day. Cloke's absence also made Collingwood's forward line a little more unpredictable helping them to their second win of the season.

16. Essendon (15)
Put in their worst performance of the season in their biggest game of the season. Battled manfully to win the second half, but the game was well and truly over by that point.

17. Carlton (18)
Winning in Perth isn't easy for the best of sides, which makes Carlton's effort on Sunday huge. Have a real chance to post back-to-back wins with a game against the Bombers next Sunday.

18. Fremantle (17)
Nat Fyfe's season is over, and it appears as though Fremantle's is as well.



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