Fremantle Dockers eye start versus Collingwood as Matt Taberner pleads his AFL finals case

Fremantle is conscious of avoiding another poor start as it prepares for Saturday night’s sudden-death AFL semi-final against Collingwood at the MCG.

The Dockers have struggled at the outset of matches in recent weeks, challenged by West Coast and Greater Western Sydney, before letting the Western Bulldogs kick the first six goals in their elimination final at Perth Stadium.

“We reviewed that pretty heavily. We don’t want to be in that situation. We need to get our contest work a lot better, and we need to execute the basics under pressure a lot better than we did early in the game,” Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said.

“We definitely didn’t handle the pressure that they bought and that led to not getting the basics and execution right.

“I think it was reflected in our goal kicking early. Our first six shots were for three points only.”

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