AFL Live Sydney Swans vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL Football 2015 Online, AFL Round 16 Match will be kick off at ANZ Stadium, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia Saturday 18 July 2015 online, 19.20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The second grand final re-match of the year sees Hawthorn come in with their tails up after dispatching Fremantle and looking to assert themselves as genuine premiership favourites. The Swans got the chocolates by less than a kick last time, let’s hope this one lives up to that billing.
The Swans have made four changes to the side that beat Brisbane with Ted Richards, Craig Bird, Brandon Jack and Toby Nankervis all coming in. Jeremy Laidler (ankle), Mike Pyke (knee), Dan Robinson and Dean Towers both omitted all out. Bird bought in for obvious midfield reinforcement. They are missing Gary Rohan and Isaac Heeney and Ben McGlynn who (both fringe members) from their best 22. For the Hawks, spearhead Jarryd Roughead returns whilst Taylor Duryea (shoulder) is out. They are without just James Frawley from their best 22.
Sydney have won their past two after losing to Richmond, though not as convincingly as they would have hoped. Sitting third on the ladder, the Bloods rank just sixth for scoring but are second for least points conceded. They are 2-2 (1-3 against the line) vs top eight teams this season. The rampaging Hawks have strung together six in a row including thrashing Fremantle last weekend to be fourth on the ladder. They rank first for scoring and fourth for least points conceded this season. They are 4-1 (3-2 against the line) vs teams in the eight this season.
The Hawks lead Sydney 88-69 overall with two draws and have won five out of their past seven games against the Swans. Since 2010, Hawthorn is 10-5 (8-7 against the line) vs the men in red and white. The Swans are 32-20 all-time at their second home, since the start of 2013, the Bloods are 7-4 (5-6 against the line) at ANZ Stadium. Sydney is 2-1 vs the Hawks at the Olympic stadium. The Hawks are 9-6 head-to-head (8-7 at the line) when on the road (other than in Launceston) since the start of 2013. The Swans are 3-0 head to head (thus 3-0 against the line) when starting as an outsider in Sydney since the start of 2013. Five of Sydney’s last eight games at ANZ Stadium have totalled under 163-points. Though five of the last six games between Sydney and Hawthorn have totalled over 195-points. Dan Hannebery has topped the Swans stats sheet in eight of their past 12 games and averages 32 touches in his last three games against the Hawks. Jordan Lewis averages over 34 touches in his last three games vs the Swans. The Swans have covered the line in just one of their past six games.
The Swans went some way to erasing memories of their 2014 Grand Final defeat when they beat Hawthorn by four points earlier this year. The Hawks have since found their groove and are easily the best team in the competition at the moment. The Wolf thinks the under total match points line looks the way to go, it’s been wet in Sydney all week, there’s an NRL game at ANZ Stadium on Friday night to really cut up the ground and the Swans and Hawks have some of the best defensive structures in the AFL. In round 8 there were just 142-points in their nailbiter. The Swans will attempt to stick to that script as it got them the win last time, keep it tight, lock down at the stoppages and don’t let Hawthorn’s nippy small forwards get out the back to have clear running on goal. Expect this to be a hard fought grind with plenty of stoppages.
B: R.Shaw, T Richards, N Smith
HB: Z Jones, H Grundy, D Rampe
C: J McVeigh, J Kennedy, L Jetta
HF: D Hannebery, L Franklin, L Parker
F: A Goodes, K Tippett, S Reid
Foll: T Nankervis, T Mitchell, K Jack
Inter: C Bird, H Cunningham, B Jack, J Lloyd
Emer: H Marsh, X Richards, D Towers
In: C Bird, B Jack, T Nankervis, T Richards
Out: M.Pyke (knee), J.Laidler (ankle), D.Robinson, D.Towers
B: M Spangher, B Lake, S Mitchell
HB: G Birchall, J Gibson, L Hodge
C: B Hill, S Burgoyne, I Smith
HF: C Rioli, R Schoenmakers, M Suckling
F: J Gunston, J Roughead, L Breust
Foll: B McEvoy, L Shiels, J Lewis
Inter: D Hale, B Hartung, P Puopolo, B Stratton
Emer: A. Litherland, J Sicily, A Woodward
In: J Roughead
Out: T Duryea (shoulder)