Crows brace for Demon tag on Sloane in Darwin
Melbourne would be silly to ditch their past plans of applying a hard tag on Adelaide linchpin Rory Sloane, Crows forward Josh Jenkins says.
The Demons deployed ex-Crow Bernie Vince on Sloane with great success in their upset away win over Adelaide in round eight.
Sloane had a season-low 11 disposals in that fixture and Jenkins predicts Melbourne will use the same tactic when the clubs meet again on Saturday night in Darwin.
"If something has worked you would be silly to change it," Jenkins said.
Sloane faced similar tagging tactics from other clubs following Melbourne's success but Jenkins said the star midfielder was better for the experience.
"He is probably a bit better equipped this time around," Jenkins said.
"He has seen a lot more of it. He saw a close tag for probably six weeks, none closer than Bernie.
"So you'd like to think he's more equipped and we're more equipped to help him as well."
The Crows hold top spot entering the clash against the fifth-placed Demons and Jenkins believes the Darwin heat won't favour either side.
"Playing Saturday night helps, not in the beaming sun during the day, but it's certainly something to be aware of," he said.
"It's just another hurdle for us to get over.
"Melbourne ... have played there a few times but it's not like they play up there every second week, so I wouldn't have thought there would be an advantage for either side."