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Best Eagle afield: Liam Ryan

Ryan rewarded from Rioli chaos ball Liam Ryan kicks a ripper after Willie Rioli's quick snap kick falls short

Sydney dominated almost every facet of this game at the SCG, but a shining light for the West Coast Eagles was small forward Liam Ryan.

While intent across the board was down, Ryan’s output matched the expectations he has created in the embryonic stages of what Eagles fans hope will be a long and celebrated career.

He was a premiership player after just 13 games and he has continued to build in his second year.

We have all marvelled at his aerial skills, including the mark-of-the-year contender taken over Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn a month ago, and his wizardry around goals, but his work rate might fly under the radar of most West Coast faithful.

Despite the Eagles struggling to get their systems implemented, Ryan was ubiquitous with his work ethic and applied two tackles inside the 50 metre arc which were part of an impressive list of 15 pressure acts.

The ball  might have left the Eagles' attacking zone a little too easily at times, but Ryan was committed to impeding the Swans’ rebound footy.

Ryan had 16 possessions and five marks, as well as two goals, to be the Eagles' best player.