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West Coast ease to 48-point win over Port
By Tim Dornin
17:11 AEST Sun Aug 19 2012
Matt Thomas of Port Adelaide walks off the field.
The West Coast Eagles have strolled to a 48-point win over Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium.

West Coast may not be playing their best football but coach John Worsfold says it's not far away after the Eagles beat Port Adelaide by 48 points in their AFL match on Sunday.

Forward Jack Darling and ruckman Nic Naitanui kicked three goals each for the Eagles as they strolled to the 14.14 (98) to 6.14 (50) victory in front of just 13,683 fans at AAMI Stadium, a record low home crowd for the Power.

Jay Schulz was the best of Port's forwards but booted 2.5, missing some relatively easy opportunities, while Brad Ebert was also good in his first game against his old side since moving to the Power this season.

The win consolidates West Coast's spot in the top eight ahead of next week's crucial home game against Collingwood, which could decide if the Eagles can challenge for a top four finish.

Worsfold doesn't want to waste too much time looking at the ladder and the various possibilities and intends to concentrate instead on getting improvement from his team.

"You can get enticed by looking at all the different scenarios and each week that goes by it becomes more focal in what can happen," he said.

"But I wasn't too worried about that in round one and I'm not too worried about where it ends up.

"I just want to challenge our team enough to have a really strong performance and keep improving.

"We're not playing out best football right now but that's not to say it's miles away."

As well as their goalscorers, the Eagles had some good contributors around the ground including Scott Selwood, Matt Priddis and Josh Hill, while Shannon Hurn chipped in with two goals.

Kane Cornes was possibly Port's best on the day with 32 disposals while David Roden was also good in the midfield before being shifted to defence.

It was a better four-quarter effort by the Power this week, though it still took the side until mid-way through the second term to post their first major.

The Power also won the third term, posting three goals to just one for the Eagles, trimming a 43-point half-time deficit to just 30 points, but couldn't maintain the pressure in the final quarter as West Coast kicked away again.

Caretaker coach Garry Hocking said there was plenty to like from Port's effort but conceded skill errors still let them down.

"We've still got to be a lot more poised and take a lot more care through the middle part of the ground and also when we go inside our forward 50," he said.

With just a small crowd in, Hocking took a lead from former Port coach Mark Williams at three-quarter time taking his players over to the outer side of the ground.

"I just thought our supporters who continue to turn up week-in, week-out just deserved the boys to get over there," he said.

"I felt there was a bit of noise and a bit of excitement around and I just tried to use that."