Jack Darling of the West Coast Eagles.
Jack Darling of the West Coast Eagles. TRACEY NEARMY

WATCH: Eagles give Cats a taste of their own medicine

THE tagger is certainly back in vogue.

And Geelong's Scott Selwood has been one of the men responsible for its resurgence.

But on Thursday night it was two Eagles who dished out a good old lesson in sticking it to the man. And it was pivotal in setting up West Coast's first win in over a month, downing the Cats 11.17 (83) to 10.10 (70).

Elliot Yeo went head-to-head with reigning Brownlow Medal winner Patrick Dangerfield, while Mark Hutchins lined up on Joel Selwood.

Dangerfield still found plenty of the pill, but he lacked his usual penetration. Chafing under surveillance, 21 of Dangerfield's 34 touches were handballs.

Selwood, conversely, only had 19 touches. The Geelong skipper lacked his trademark matchwinning influence, at times playing into Sam Mitchell's push and shove.

Dual North Melbourne premiership player David King praised West Coast coach Adam Simpson's tactics.

"I think we learnt some things tonight," King said on Fox Footy.

"The double tags. We hear coaches talk about it all the time, how if you tag one you can't tag two because we're told it throws your structures out. But Adam Simpson was brave.

"It didn't really restrict the touches, but it took away the damage away. When you look at score involvements, Selwood only had two tonight and he averages eight."

Sydney premiership coach Paul Roos suggested other coaches would follow suit when lining up against Geelong.

"I think as much as anything it sets the intent," Roos said.

"If Danger has got someone and Selwood has got someone then they know they're in for a really tough night.

"I agree that Danger had a lot of the ball, but a lot of it was in close. I definitely think it's something coaches are going to go to."


No Josh Kennedy, no Eagles.

That was the rhetoric coming out of some camps ahead of Thursday night's blockbuster.

But Jack Darling showed he's no slouch, contributing two goals in a match that was punctuated by his aerial dominance. He had a team-high seven marks.

After a poor showing against the Suns, Darling's own turnaround in form was symptomatic of the team as a whole.

His teammate Luke Shuey leapt to his defence after the match.

"He cops a lot of flack unfairly," Shuey said on Channel Seven.

"He works his backside off. He's matured so much over the years.

"Tonight he got a bit of reward for effort. In these few weeks without JK in the side he's worked his backside off to step up. It was good to see him go well tonight."


Nakia Cockatoo of the Geelong Cats celebrates a goal against the West Coast Eagles.
Nakia Cockatoo of the Geelong Cats celebrates a goal against the West Coast Eagles. TONY MCDONOUGH


Nakia Cockatoo simply can't take a trick.

After kicking the first goal of the match, the Geelong speedster came from the ground after being tackled by Will Schoefield.

He received attention on the bench for the entire first quarter, but emerged after the first change with ice strapped to his upper left leg and tracksuit firmly zipped tight.

Cockatoo injured his hamstring against the Bulldogs and is again facing another stint on the sidelines.

The news on the injury front only worsened for Geelong. Scott Selwood was benched in the third term with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.


Luke Shuey may be in All-Australian form, but the Eagles on baller may have ruled himself out of Brownlow contention after bumping Patrick Dangerfield in the head in the first quarter.

Replays of the incident only made it look worse. Shuey ignored the ball and charged his shoulder into Dangerfield's head.

If the MRP rules this incident as one with 'sufficient intent', Shuey could be looking at two matches down to one. It's good news for Melbourne, the Eagles' next opponent.

"It's as cut and dry as it could possibly be," Jason Dunstall said on Fox Footy.


What is it with Geelong and the bye?

The loss to West Coast has more than confirmed their shocking post-bye form.

It was the Cats seventh straight loss after a week off.

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