In AFL, Hawthorn say they have nothing but respect for Adelaide in the lead up to their preliminary finals round clash.

Sam Canavan reports.


The Hawks are a clear favourite to win, with Adelaide rocked by several injuries.

Hawthorn veteran Brent Guerra is undergoing fitness tests after he sustained a hamstring injury.

He won’t be playing in the decider, but hopes that the Hawks will live up to expectations.

Hawthorn aren’t getting ahead of themselves, showing modesty and respect towards their opposition.

Brad Sewell, Hawthorn Midfielder: “Obviously from watching their game on the weekend, they’ve got some genuine match winners across the board, and you don’t end up at this stage of the season without a quality side and they’re certainly no different.”

In the other prelim, injury concerns for the Magpies ahead of their Friday night clash against the Swans.

The club is remaining positive, however there are at least two key players in doubt.

In NRL, The Rabbitohs and Bulldogs are going up against each other in the second grand final qualifier.

The Rabbitohs won against the Raiders over the weekend, while the Bulldogs rested.

Rabbitohs star Nathan Merritt sat out with a shoulder injury but teammate Sam Burgess is confident he will be fit enough to play this weekend.

Sam Burgess, South Sydney Forward: “Yeah look I’d imagine he’d play. If he’s fit, which I’m sure he will be then i’d imagine he’d play.”

The Melbourne Storm and Manly Sea Eagles play in the preliminary final at AAMI Park this weekend.

This is the first time the two sides have gone head to head in finals since 2009.

And the Wallabies defeated Argentina 23-19 in the international played at Skilled Park on Saturday.

All teams have next week off before the Wallabies head to South Africa for their next match.