Late selection drama ‘galvanised’ Dons, Rutten full of pride

ESSENDON was “galvanised” by its difficult choice circumstances, with coach Ben Rutten saying the Bombers had been filled with pleasure after their comeback win over Hawthorn that adopted 5 late adjustments by way of sickness. 

The Bombers overturned a 25-point deficit within the third time period to run over the Hawks at Marvel Stadium, booting eight objectives within the ultimate time period to clinch solely their second win of the season.

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It got here with the backdrop of drama, too, with the Bombers pressured to make 5 pre-game adjustments on account of sickness that ran by way of the membership this week, with various different gamers performing regardless of additionally nonetheless feeling the consequences of the bug.

“The last 24 hours in particular I reckon there’s some really nice stories out of there for the guys who came up and played. But not only them, the guys who pushed to the line and sometimes there’s a fair bit of courage in making the call not to play as well,” Rutten mentioned.

“Especially when you know other guys are dropping around you, sometimes you feel like the best thing you can do is play but the guys made really clear, responsible and team-first decisions.”

Rutten mentioned he was driving to the bottom when Sam Durham turned the final participant to tug out with sickness – “It just hit him like a train,” Rutten mentioned – with the Bombers additionally having further stand-by emergencies in case of extra gamers being unavailable. 

“There was a handful of others who were certainly underprepared and probably at the end of things [with the illness] but it still takes it out of you. That kind of adds to the pride that I’m feeling and we’re feeling as a football club,” he mentioned.

The Bombers trailed for a lot of the evening however maintained some reaching distance till their final-quarter onslaught, with Peter Wright booting six objectives as he continues his career-best marketing campaign. After being the topic of loads of fierce criticism for his or her begin to the season, the victory brings the Bombers to 2-6 – a place they made the finals from final yr.

“We came together as a group and it certainly galvanised the group who was here today and there’s injured players in the rooms afterwards so there’s a really good feeling in there,” Rutten mentioned. “We’ve been really consistent and methodical about the way we’ve been reviewing training and working during the week so to be able to get the reward under pretty unique circumstances will be definitely good for the group.” 

Hawks counterpart Sam Mitchell mentioned the warning indicators had been there properly earlier than the ultimate quarter as his facet could not do away the Bombers once they had the possibility. 

“We could never really put them away. We held onto a bit of a lead for a lot of the day but we just couldn’t quite get far enough in front at any stage. We lost control of the game at different stages before that as well but were able to get it back, but obviously later in the game we just couldn’t move the ball, we couldn’t get it into our front end and when we did it bounced out far too easily,” he mentioned.

“There were worrying signs for a bit more of the day than just the last part.”

Mitchell mentioned Chad Wingard (sickness) and Mitch Lewis (hamstring) must be accessible for subsequent week’s conflict with Richmond because the Hawks look to interrupt a three-game shedding streak, however Changkuoth Jiath stays “unlikely” together with his hamstring damage.


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