Power set for Swans litmus test

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 13 Maret 2013 | 12.50

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley will measure his side's improvement against Sydney. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

PORT Adelaide believes its practice match against premiership side Sydney will be its best indication yet on how much the Power has improved under Ken Hinkley.

The club considers the Swans as the ideal opponent to use as a springboard into the home-and-away season and expect neither team to leave anything in the locker room.

"The last two practice games, generally, it's on,'' Hinkley said.

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The Saturday afternoon match at West Lakes will also be the players' last chance to make a case for selection for Round 1, with several fringe players desperate to lock down a spot.

Chad Wingard, the club's top draft pick in 2011, said the players had taken much confidence out of their win against West Coast in Alice Springs last weekend and would seek to continue in a similar vein.

"It's a great opportunity just to test ourselves,'' Wingard said.

"We've got a good team up again and it's just a good opportunity for people to put their name up for round one.

"That's what we're trying to do.''

Wingard said the path ahead had been clearer under the stewardship of Hinkley and a stocked-up coaching panel.

Chad Wingard gets his kick away. Picture: Sarah Reed Source: The Advertiser

Port will continue to put emphasis on defence.

"We've got more focus areas,'' Wingard said.

"We stick to three different areas which we try to improve each week.

"I think we're all confident in where we're going. We've got the right path set for us now and with Ken and everybody on board I think we'll have a good year.''

"Just our pressure; our defensive skills helped us get the win, I think,'' Wingard said.

"We played as a team and stuck to our structures and that's what got us over the line.

"We've just got to make sure we do it again this week and put up a good effort against Sydney because they're another strong team.''

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