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Naitanui press conference 16.05.18 Nic Naitanui speaks to the media ahead of the blockbuster clash with Richmond on Sunday

The West Coast Eagles hope their two-pronged ruck attack will help them wear down Richmond hit-out exponent Toby Nankervis on Sunday.

Nic Naitanui told local media outlets today that he and Scott Lycett would work in tandem to tire out the premiership-winning ruckman should he play in the top-of-the-table clash at Optus Stadium.

“Most teams probably only (use) one recognised ruckman every week,” Naitanui said.

“If they are going to continue to do that we look at it as a positive and something we can probably take advantage of.   

“If you’ve got a fresh guys coming off the bench or from the forward line and wrestling and doing that for four quarters it’s going to take its toll on someone like a Nankervis.

“It’s something that we’ll try to implement and hopefully it works well in our favour.”

While much of the conversation centred on keeping Nankervis in check, Naitanui revealed he and Lycett had also done their due diligence on several other Tigers who might step into the role at Optus Stadium.

The 2012 all-Australian said he had already reviewed 30 minutes of footage on Shaun Griggs’ ruck work and combed over clips on other potential opponents.

“We pay every person that comes in the middle that same respect no matter who they are because the last thing we can do is come in underprepared and they come in and try something different on you,” he said.

“It doesn’t matter who it is, we still put our time and effort into each and every individual and treat them with the most respect whether they are ruckmen or not.”