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Swans gear up to combat Ablett
Elise Scott
15:44 AEST Tue Apr 2 2013

Sydney coach John Longmire says he's open to suggestions on how to combat Gary Ablett Jr on Saturday but he's arming himself with plenty of weapons for the AFL mission.

The Swans will unfurl their premiership flag before taking on the younger Gold Coast at the SCG on Saturday, both sides coming off round one triumphs.

Sydney know their main challenge will be taming superstar Ablett who clocked up 34 disposals and four goals during the Suns' 13-point upset win over St Kilda.

Longmire says his strategy is to have several options to take Ablett on throughout the game.

"It's very difficult to stay with a player like that for an entire game, four quarters, and to be able to keep him under control," said Longmire on Tuesday.

"He's a star, an absolute star.

"Many say he's one of, if not the best player that's played the game.

"Sometimes you've got to have a few of those options who you can go to at different times throughout the game.

"I'm sure we'll do that again this week."

Those options will likely include Jarrad McVeigh, Kieren Jack and Ben McGlynn, who Longmire said had taken on such challenges in the past.

But it will also depend on whether Suns coach Guy McKenna plays his superstar forward or in midfield.

"He's dangerous wherever he plays," Longmire said, before joking: "I'd think he'd be best in the back pocket but I don't think they're going to put him in the back pocket this week."

And Longmire isn't discounting the talent of the other 21 Suns players either.

The Swans scored a 30-point win over the AFL's newest side, Greater Western Sydney, in round one and know the Suns will have a bit more experience under the belts of their top draft picks going into their third season.

"Some of these kids that are playing in these two teams, GWS and Gold Coast, are the best talent," said Longmire.

"They have been able to mine three drafts, each. They have been able to mine some of the best talent in the country."


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