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Collingwood’s ‘blessing in disguise’ heading into finals

This week on The Age Real Footy Podcast, Hawthorn assistant coach Scott Burns joins Michael Gleeson and Jake Niall for a tactical preview of the first week of finals.

Will Essendon’s “run-and stun” game be enough to upset the Eagles? Or will they need a slower approach to avoid West Coast’s intercept kings? In Brisbane, will the Lions’ lack of finals experience matter? And should they tag Dustin Martin?

The panel also looks at the difference between Geelong’s home ground advantage at GMHBA Stadium and how they play at the MCG, whether Steele Sidebottom’s recent injury is actually a blessing in disguise, why Matt de Boer will be the key to the result in the GWS v Bulldogs match and much more.

Also this week, with regular panel members Caroline Wilson and Jimmy Bartel, the team looks at whether the uncertainty around John Worsfold’s future at Essendon will affect the side on Thursday night and what selection calls the Tigers might make after Toby Nankervis’ performance in Richmond’s big VFL comeback last weekend.

Plus, why the Giants are reviewing the entire football department and the upside for their side going into the clash with the Bulldogs, the important role Rhys Stanley needs to play for the Cats this weekend, the unluckiest players out of the All-Australian selection and more.

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