AFL Rd 9 - West Coast v Geelong
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 01: Mark Blicavs of the Cats and Nic Naitanui of the Eagles contest the ruck during the round nine AFL match between West Coast Eagles and the Geelong Cats at Optus Stadium on August 01, 2020 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Nic Natinui laid his claim on the weekend to being the game’s best ruckman.

He took the game by the scruff of the neck Saturday night and showed why he is such a valuable asset at his best.

Dustin Martin sent his own reminder of what he can do against Dogs. The star Tiger was back to his damaging best kicking goals from absolutely everywhere.

Our forward line is quite tall this week – with Charlie Cameron being the only genuine small forward after celebrating signing his new deal with four goals.

The full forward line boasts 12 goals between them with West Coast’s Josh Kennedy and Fremantle’s Matt Taberner.

Alex Witherden and Zac Williams feature after both returning to their respective sides this week.

ROUND 9 TEAM OF THE WEEK

FB: Luke McDonald, Darcy Moore, Brayden Maynard

HB: Alex Witherden, Luke Ryan, Zach Tuohy

C: Mitch Duncan, Lachie Neale, Lachie Whitfield

HF: Jack Gunston, Max King, Harry Himmelberg

FF: Charlie Cameron, Josh Kennedy, Matt Taberner

R: Nic Natinui, Jack Macrae, Dustin Martin

INT: Dom Sheed, Hunter Clark, Zac Williams, Travis Boak