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Aussie Rules: Crows star to face Geelong

Adelaide are confident Jordan Dawson will be available for the clash against Geelong despite bursting an eardrum.

The Crows are priced at 13/2 to beat the Cats and Dawson should be able to take his place in the side, although Josh Rachele is in danger of missing out.

Dawson to soldier on

Dawson suffered the injury during the loss to St Kilda, and although it is far from ideal, it’s not enough to keep him out against Geelong.

The same cannot be said of Rachele who suffered a corked thigh and is now a big doubt for the trip  to take on Chris Scott’s side.

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"He will be fine," Adelaide half-back Brodie Smith said of the injury to Dawson. "He copped that whack, and is just a bit sore and blocked up."

Missed opportunities

Looking ahead to the game against Geelong, Smith says they will have to take their chances to have any chance of causing an upset.

That is something they did not do against St Kilda in their latest defeat. They scored 9.15 compared to St Kilda’s 14.6 so it is no surprise they got beat.

"We look at it as an opportunity missed," Smith said of the Saints game. "Maybe two years ago we would have walked off and gone 'yep, pretty good effort boys' but we're really disappointed, we know we should be winning those games.

"The growth is there and on the weekend we challenged a side in the contest and in our defence and unfortunately let ourselves down with our execution.

"We are showing that we can beat the best sides, we have just got to put it together for four quarters which is a bit about inexperience and consistency but we know that will come."

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