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Adelaide move into a Prelim with six-goal win over GWS

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TODAY’S LINE-UP: Matthew Richardson, Cameron Ling, Dwayne Russell, Bruce Eva, Nick Butler.

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FULL TIME

Adelaide has booked a place in a Preliminary Final with a 36-point win.

Eddie Betts booted three goals and assisted two others in an influential attacking role.

Matthew Richardson said the Crows showed more synergy as a team.

“They seem to play for each other, play their roles better, and they get better results,” Richo said.

“The Giants have outstanding talent but sometimes they all want to play the same sort of role. That can hold them back sometimes.”

GWS will play the winner of Port Adelaide v West Coast.

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HALF TIME

Adelaide has made a real statement in the first half, running into the main break 44 points up.

The Giants kicked the first goal of the game, but Adelaide has kicked the only eight since.

Cameron Ling and Matthew Richardson could not have been more impressed with the Crows’ half.

“This is a complete performance,” Richo said.

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Adelaide assistant Scott Camporeale spoke to 3AW before the game.

He said the club gave star midfielder Rory Sloane “every opportunity” to play tonight despite having surgery on his appendix after Round 23.

“Nine days was probably a stretch,” Camporeale said.

“But I would be staggered if he didn’t play next week if we happen to lose next week.”

With Adelaide up by 44 points at half time, it looks like Sloane will have that extra week to recover.

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GWS football manager Wayne Campbell joined the 3AW commentary box before the game.

He said he hopes Steve Johnson gets a chance to fire in the finals.

“He’s trained extremely well, probably better than what he has during the year,” Campbell said.

Johnson was omitted for the Qualifying Final against Adelaide, but he will play in a practice match against Adelaide on Friday to prove his form.

“There’s certainly no line through him,” Campbell said.

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THE BUILD-UP

The 2017 finals are finally here!

After two weeks of build-up, the footy world couldn’t be more pumped for the last nine games of the season.

And Adelaide v GWS is a gripping way to kick off proceedings.

The Crows boast extremely strong lineups inside both arcs, but the Giants’ midfield is one of the best.

It’s a tough one to tip with any confidence.

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