There isn’t such a thing as a good 74-point shellacking, but Ryan Daniels gave it a crack anyway.
“I was driving here thinking how am I going to justify this?” he admitted to Clairsy & Lisa, just a day after West Coast’s demoralising 16.16 (112) to 5.8 (38) loss to Melbourne at Optus Stadium.
So, he described the game the best way he knew how.
“It’s like if you went for a colonoscopy,” he reached.
“No one enjoys a colonoscopy, but if the results come back clear, that’s good.”
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Meanwhile, West Coast forward Liam Ryan is almost certain to be suspended for a bump to the head of Dees’ Jake Bowey.
Ryan was subbed out in the final term with a hamstring injury.
Eagles midfielder Tim Kelly battled hard to win 32 disposals and five clearances, but West Coast’s on-ball brigade was overwhelmed.
The Eagles started the match without 11 of their best 22 players after Josh Kennedy (sore knee) was a late withdrawal, joining the likes of Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Elliot Yeo, Andrew Gaff, Oscar Allen, Dom Sheed, Willie Rioli and Shannon Hurn on the sidelines.
“We knew it was going to be a fair ask to come away with the victory, and in the first quarter we succumbed to their style, their pressure,” Coach Adam Simpson said.
“I thought for the most part after that, even though we got blown away late, we had some little wins throughout the day.”
Simpson also implored fans to stick by the club after a crowd of just 27,488 fans turned up.
West Coast consistently attracts crowds of more than 50,000.