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Swans expect Tippett to be fit for must-win final

Finals draw in a nutshell for Swans and Giants
Nanjing Night Net

Sydney is confident Kurt Tippett will be fit for the Swans’ first final after re-injuring his troublesome ankle against Carlton.

The ruckman had scans on the weekend and if results come back as expected, the Swans believe Tippett will take his place in the side to face Essendon.

The Dons, wooden-spooners last year, booked their place in the eight after overcoming Fremantle, while Richmond’s comfortable win over St Kilda send the Swans back to sixth position.

Tippett hurt his ankle in the first term but returned to play out the second and third quarters. He sat out the final term as a precaution once it became clear the Swans had the game won.

The injury is to the same ankle he hurt in round two and which, along with a hip issue, contributed to a run of poor form. But the big man has made a strong impression since returning to the side three weeks.

The Swans also believe Callum Sinclair will be available. With Sam Naismith also fit, this leaves the club with a selection dilemma in the ruck.

Dan Hannebery and Tom Papley are expected to come back, which means the Swans will be at full strength heading into the most important month of the season.

The Swans are the form side of the competition but their slow start to the year means they will have to win the flag the hard way.

“Certainly after six rounds you’d take where we are now, that’s for sure,” veteran defender Nick Smith said.

“It’s well done, big sigh of relief but we’ve got to get going again because nothing’s been really achieved for us yet.

“Well done to us for getting here, but it doesn’t mean much. We need to refocus and get ready to come out in a couple of weeks’ time.”

Superstar forward Lance Franklin stole the headlines with 10 goals in an ominous sign for rival defenders.

“He is an absolute freak, it’s unbelievable to be out there and see it first-hand,” Smith said.

“He’s just a freak how quick he is, how big he is, he’s just an absolute gun.

“We’ve got to be a little bit careful not to always kick it [to Buddy] but when he’s in the form he is today, it seems like you kick it anywhere near him and he’ll end up kicking a goal. It’s a bit of a balance, but the form he’s in today you just want to get it to him.”

The Swans were far too good for the Blues but were given a run for their money in the second term.

“We started all right, we could’ve kicked a bit straighter. To their credit they kept plugging away. We took the foot off the gas a little bit in the second,” Smith said.

“They’re a good team when they play the way they want to, and we let them do that in the second quarter but then we got back to what we wanted to do in the third and the score looks after itself when we do that.”

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