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Rhys Dickinson  April 21, 2017 9:00 AM

ECU Coaches Box: Rd 5 v Hawks West Coast Eagles midfield coach looks at the Eagles' clash with Hawthorn

West Coast midfield coach Adrian Hickmott says the Eagles are preparing to face Hawthorn at their best this Sunday.

The Hawks might have failed to notch a win through the first four rounds of season 2017, but Hickmott said they were always a threat at the home of football.

“We know the Hawks are a champion side and a champion club,” he said.

“They’ve had a 0-4 start, but we are expecting a great challenge at the weekend on the MCG.”

Hickmott said West Coast was full of confidence ahead of the encounter after taming Sydney in a contested affair at Domain Stadium last Thursday.

He was most proud of the way his charges responded to the Swans’ challenges throughout the match.

“The Swans brought their contested game along, their one-on-one game, so to play four quarters was the pleasing part,” he said.

Hickmott was also particularly pleased with the defensive intensity of the forward line.

West Coast kicked 7.5 from forward 50 turnovers last week and the midfield mentor said the team would be looking to replicate that effort against the Hawks on Sunday.

“I think every team wants to get forward half turnovers,” he said.

“To the guys’ credit we were able to do a pretty good job of that (last Thursday). That’ll be a focus on the weekend, along with a few other things.”