Adelaide coach Don Pyke might deploy a tagger on in-form Western Bulldog Jack Macrae in their AFL fixture at Adelaide Oval.
Adelaide coach Don Pyke is considering bucking his coaching trend and deploying a tagger on in-form Western Bulldog Jack Macrae in Friday night's AFL match.
Macrae has been in stunning form this season, averaging 34 disposals a game - he has collected 47 and 40 possessions in his past two matches.
Pyke has been reluctant to use a tagger in his three seasons in charge of the Crows, but is pondering one on Macrae in the Adelaide Oval encounter.
"We will weigh all that up," Pyke said.
"It hasn't historically been the way we play but we will have a look at what the ripple (effect) is for that.
"The challenge you have got against a side like the Bulldogs in that space, they will go mid, forward, wing - you have just got to make sure you have got clear plans around that.
"That (a tag) is in our kitbag. It will just be a matter of whether we think it will be the best way we can set the game up and win the game."
The Crows (five wins, three losses) sit fourth spot on the ladder, but just one win ahead of the 13th-placed Bulldogs, who are on a three-match winning streak.
"Their last five weeks has been very good," Pyke said of the Dogs.
"They're a quality midfield, a really strong clearance side - they're number one for clearances in the comp.
"And they play that sort of style which is high energy so it's another really good challenge for us."