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Hawks thrash Port, shoulder scan for Rioli
By David Beniuk
17:57 AEST Sun Aug 12 2012

Hawthorn star Cyril Rioli will undergo scans on an injured shoulder this week after missing the second half of the AFL club's 72-point blow-out win over Port Adelaide.

The Hawks made it six wins from their past seven since the bye and firmed up their place in the top four with goal blitzes in the second and fourth quarters to win 24.15 (159) to 13.9 (87).

But on an eventful afternoon for Rioli, the small forward was subbed out of the match at halftime with an injury to his left shoulder.

"He'll need to get a scan during the week," Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson said.

"I'm not sure if he'll miss any games but I don't think it's a significant injury.

"He's had a pretty heavy campaign for us up to this point and we just thought it was a good chance to rest him up and not take any risks with him."

Rioli had already been helped from the field once after copping a low blow off the ball which sparked a fracas involving at least a dozen players at quarter-time.

The Power's Hamish Hartlett appeared to be targeted by the Hawks and his involvement in the Rioli incident is set to come under scrutiny.

"When you see one of your boys go down, we needed a bit of a firecracker I think so we sort of went in there and it seemed to get us going," Hawthorn captain Luke Hodge said.

"A few words were exchanged, that's about it."

It worked because the Hawks, down by 13 points at the first break, returned to kick eight goals to two in the second to set up the victory.

Under new caretaker coach Garry Hocking, a plucky Port kicked five goals to four in the third to stay in touch.

They kicked the first goal of the final term through Paul Stewart to narrow the margin to just 17 points before the classy Hawks slammed home 11 majors in the fourth.

"After the week they had the boys showed some courage," Hocking said.

"Although on the scoreboard it probably doesn't look flattering, I still thought personally and collectively the boys still managed to carry out the instructions."

Clarkson admitted he hadn't known what to expect after Port dumped Matthew Primus midweek.

"What you are sure is every player has got an enormous lot of pride and, whenever their coach is sacked midstream, then the players take it as a slight upon themselves," he said.

"We did know that Port Adelaide were going to come out and be really pumped up.

"We just had to absorb that. We didn't absorb it very well early."