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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

West Coast ruck star Nic Naitanui will change the way he tackles after one-game rough conduct ban

West Coast ruck star Nic Naitanui says he won’t change the way he plays, but he will make an adjustment to the way he tackles in the light of his one week suspension for a tackle that left Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon concussed.
Naitanui said he will try and roll players in the tackle in future. But he also said the week off could prove to be a blessing in disguise as he looked forward to a top of the table clash with Richmond on fresh legs.
He was able to get extra running and strength work into his legs, things he would not normally have been able to do if he was battling to get up for a game, he said.
He had moved on from the tribunal’s decision to suspend him, a decision that left him dumbfounded at the time.
“I was a little bit shocked obviously with the decision. I was pretty confident going in that I would still be playing last weekend but it ended up what it was and I have moved on since then,” he said.
“I am still going to play the way I normally play. I just have to get that little technique aspect right the next time I do something similar.”
“In tackling at training that (rolling the tackled player) is something we always practice. It is that slight adjustment if I had my time again that it doesn’t give an opportunity to give away a free kick or get reported.”
Naitanui predicted that Jeremy McGovern and Dom Sheed should be fit to tackle Richmond this week and there was a chance that Lewis Jetta would also recover from a calf problem in time to play.
“To have a few boys back will be great. Obviously the boys filled the void last week over in Sydney - that was pleasing to see some youngsters go over and do their job but to have some senior guys back will be really encouraging,” he said.