Tuesday, May 15, 2012

McVeigh Calls for Toughness

Co-captain, Jarrad McVeigh, has urged the Sydney Swans to toughen up, after an “embarrassing” performance in their most defeat by Richmond. The match made for awkward viewing, for fans of live Aussie rules.

Sydney, with five wins out of five at the start of the season, have lost their last two matches, after last weekend's 29-point loss to the Tigers at the MCG.

The Swans were never in the contest and McVeigh admitted they got exactly what they deserved. "We just didn't turn up to play and that's just what it is. We can't hide from it. [It was] an embarrassing performance", McVeigh said.

"We went through the review and some of the stuff was embarrassing. Our hardness was way off – starting with myself and the leadership group. If we're not doing it, we can't expect the rest of the team to follow."

Sydney hosts a winless Melbourne team, on Saturday. Melbourne continued its miserable season with a thumping defeat at home to Hawthorn, last Friday, and will be desperate to get some wins on the board before it is too late.

They will face another tough task at the SCG, with the Swans determined to bounce back themselves.
"Our reviews are all about improving, so we need to hit back really hard this week, get our tackles up and be winning those hard balls", McVeigh added.

The Swans lost their 100 per cent home record, last time out, against Adelaide, and McVeigh spoke of the team’s desire to turn the SCG into a fortress, once again.

"We started the year quite well. If we get back to that form, we know that we can beat anyone when we're on. So we'll be looking to get back to that relentless attitude", he said. Find out if the bookies' favour the Swans, by checking out the AFL betting odds.

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