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Yeo welcomes re-match with "freakish" Greene

September 14, 2017 12:30 PM

AFL 2017 Round 22 - GWS Giants v West Coast

Elliot Yeo and Toby Greene went head-to-head at Spotless Stadium in round 22

West Coast utility Elliot Yeo says he would welcome another battle with Greater Western Sydney star Toby Greene if given the opportunity on Saturday night.

The pair locked horns during the teams’ most recent clash at Spotless Stadium, where Yeo amassed 30 disposals but Greene kicked three pivotal goals to help the Giants to a 21-point win.

“It is one of those great battles you look forward to in footy and great battles are one of the reasons you play footy competitively,” Yeo told The West Australian.

Yeo said West Coast had not settled on its semi-final strategy, let alone a specific plan to contain the 2016 All Australian, who he labelled a “freakish talent”.

“Simmo might tap me on the shoulder and say ‘you will go to Greene’ or we might just back in our back six and play our way,” he said.

"I am going to have to wait. I would definitely look forward to the challenge if it does arise.

“He is a pretty good player - a freak. He is dangerous up high and then around the goals as well.

“He has good footy knowledge, he anticipates the footy coming when they have won it and he is pretty quick, so your reaction times have to be pretty quick.”

Playing to one’s strengths – not getting caught up in your opponent’s talents – was the key to containing the most dangerous players in the league, according to Yeo.

“You have to play to your strengths as well, otherwise you get too focused on them and not enough on what you do. That can mean you take away the things that you do well as a footballer,” he said.

“You have to defend first but you also have to work on your strengths and make a forward accountable for you because that puts a little bit of doubt in their mind.”