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Koevermans was making his first start since tearing an ACL almost a year ago

Negating the AFLs most potent forward line wont be light work at the SCG on Saturday night but Sydney hope many hands will make it happen. Green Bay Packers Pro Shop .Team defence has long been in vogue but few sides have predicated the need quite like Adelaide.The Crows star-studded forward line boasts no shortage of threats and looms as one of the most imposing hurdle the Swans must clear if theyre to avoid another straight-sets finals exit.Eddie Betts, Taylor Walker, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lynch are all capable of busting the semi-final open , having each booted 40-plus goals this year.No team this year have bettered Adelaides average of 16.7 goals a game.Their starting six are all genuine forwards and they know each other really well. Its a great mix of talls and smalls ... theyve got such good balance and theyre so well drilled, Swans defence coach Henry Playfair said.They really spread the load well.Well be relying on team defence. We expect the guys to get across and help, we try and prevent any one-on-ones. Thats part of the back six mentality then youve got the team mentality of midfielders getting back to fill space and forwards putting pressure on, preventing any quick balls coming in.Its an approach the Swans have nailed for most of the year, conceding an average 9.6 goals to claim the title of the leagues stingiest side.It went awry in week one of the finals, when Greater Western Sydney recorded an upset 36-point win in the most high-stakes derby yet.The frequency, speed and precision at which the ball came into the forward line didnt make life easy for Sydney defenders Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe and Aliir Aliir. Playfair noted they could have done better.We hung in there and and fought on but we didnt necessarily go out and get after the game enough, from our back half, Playfair said.Even though we were under the pump with some quick entries, when we got our chance we didnt really take them on.We just have to play with a bit more intensity, energy and life in our game. Dont sit back and expect it to happen.Rampe played on Lynch, while Grundy handled Jenkins in round four when the Crows prevailed by 10 points in a classic.Nick Smith will again be handed the job on in-form livewire Betts, who booted six goals in the Crows elimination final win over North Melbourne.Nick has played on him previously and knows him really well, so at times hell got to him. Eddie also spends a fair bit of time up the ground as well, Playfair said.Thats a different challenge and I wont divulge too much on how well handle it.But Eddie is such a dangerous player and youve got to have someone watching him pretty closely all the time.SYDNEYS MASTER MISERS *Conceded a league-best average of 9.6 goals a game in 2016 *Dane Rampe included in 2016 All-Australian side, while Nick Smiths capacity to shut down the leagues best small forwards was rewarded with All-Australian selection in 2014 *Havent conceded more than 14 goals in a match at the SCG since 2013 ADELAIDES FEARSOME FORWARDS *Averaging a league-best 16.7 goals a game in 2016*Eddie Betts, Josh Jenkins and Tom Lunch all included in 40-man All Australian squad this year*Have booted 14 goals or more in 19 of 23 games in 2016. Green Bay Packers Gear . Klitschkos management company says the bout will be the Ukrainian fighters 25th world championship fight. The 1.83-meter (6-foot) Leapai defeated the previously unbeaten Denis Boytsov in November to become the WBOs mandatory challenger. Fake Packers Jerseys .C. -- Manny Malhotra had two goals and an assist, leading the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. . The scientists believe the small earthquake during a Marshawn Lynch touchdown was likely greater than Lynchs famous "beast quake" touchdown run three years ago, which also came against New Orleans during a playoff game.TORONTO -- So often victims of conceding late goals this season, Toronto FC nearly turned the tables against the best team in the MLS Western Conference. TFC had three golden opportunities in injury time to get an equalizer, but came up short in a 1-0 loss to Real Salt Lake on Saturday that snapped Torontos three-game unbeaten streak. "It was just the bounce of the ball didnt quite seem to let it roll into the back of the net and it was one of those days where by far we had the more opportunities," said Jeremy Brockie, who had two of Torontos late chances. "We probably should have won that because their only shot found the back of the net." Brockies first chance came when he got his head to a deflected Justin Braun cross, but Salt Lake goalkeeper Nick Rimando made an acrobatic save to the ball to keep it out. Minutes later, Brockie was played in with a through ball and beat Rimando only to see defender Nat Borchers clear the ball out for a corner at the last second. With the last kick of the game, Rimando was at it again stopping what was a scuffed shot from defender Steven Caldwell. "I dont know how many chances there were in the last 10 to 15 minutes to equalize," said TFC head coach Ryan Nelsen. "Thats the probably the frustrating thing. Even our performance is not as good as it has been in the past, were playing the best team in the West and the boys are completely gutted that they had the chances." Yordany Alvarezs goal just before halftime had given Salt Lake the lead despite Toronto dominating play. Javier Morales had the ball in the TFC penalty area and knocked it back out to Alvarez who unleashed a right-footed shot that left Toronto goalkeeper Joe Bendik rooted on the line as he watched the ball fly past him, silencing the 20,841 in attendance at BMO Field. TFC is still winless at BMO Field in MLS competition since July 18, 2012, when they beat the Colorado Rapids. Their only home victory this season came when they beat Sporting KKansas City in March at the Rogers Centre. Stitched Packers Jerseys. "We werent very good and we need to step on, especially at home," said captain Darren ODea, who still hasnt experienced winning at BMO Field since joining the team in August of last year. "If we want to win games in this league we have to do better at home." Both teams were reduced to 10-men rosters with 11 minutes remaining when both Tony Beltran for Salt Lake and Doneil Henry were red carded. It was Henrys second ejection of the season. Beltran had initially fouled Silva before needlessly shoving the Toronto player and Henry then stormed in to shove Beltran to the ground. Had Henry simply resisted the urge to shove Beltran, Toronto would have been up a man for those crucial moments. The red card means Henry is facing a suspension, but TFC already knew theyll have be without him and three other players who head off to link up with the Canadian national team to prepare for Julys Gold Cup tournament in the United States. "His instinct as a young 20-year-old is probably to do it," said Nelsen of Henrys lapse in judgment. "Everyone in this room has probably done the same thing. Is it the right thing to do? Of course not. We would have had 11 men versus 10. We were in the ascendancy and maybe things would have been different." Just two minutes into the game, Canadian Jonathan Osorio eluded a few Salt Lake defenders before taking a left-footed shot from outside the 18-yard box that just went wide. Toronto again came calling in the 13th minute when Danny Koevermans found a streaking Bobby Convey through the middle. Convey lunged to get his left foot to the ball but it spun away wide. Koevermans was making his first start since tearing an ACL almost a year ago. Save for a few heavy touches on the ball, Koevermans put in a good performance getting involved in Torontos attack while also helping out on defence when needed. He lasted 54 minutes before being replaced by Luis Silva. ' ' '
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