The Cats were greeted by WA Police upon arrival in the state on Wednesday, with the government essentially closing the border to Victorians while they were in the air, because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Melbourne.
Geelong had to isolate until they all received negative tests and then were only allowed out to train briefly and play the game.
It did not affect the Cats, who put the inconvenience aside to bully a lacklustre Fremantle.
“No doubt they set themselves for a crack on their home deck against a team that’s in the top eight. We have a lot of respect [for Fremantle],” Scott said.
“It was important for us to start well and get the game the way we wanted to play.”
The coach said that there were worries for how the impact the forward line would have given Rohan joined Cameron on the sidelines at selection on Wednesday, with his corkie still not right.
“It was a bit of a concern for us going in because Rohan and Cameron are important cogs in our forward line, Henderson in the back-half as well,” he said.
With wins against the Western Bulldogs, Essendon, Carlton and Fremantle of late, the Cats run home isn’t too bad.
They play the flailing Richmond next round, then bottom-of-the-ladder North Melbourne and GWS, followed by St Kilda and Melbourne to finish.
“I don’t think it is an insurmountable impediment finishing third, fourth [or] fifth. Particularly with the way the finals is structured [with a pre-finals bye].”
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