The SCG is moving to Perth this week, to help West Coast prepare for the weekend clash with the Swans.For the first time since late in 2005, the two teams will meet at the SCG this Saturday.They have played 10 games – including two grand finals – since that match (five wins each), but the games in Sydney have been at ANZ Stadium.”Yeah, it is a while,” Eagles ruckman Dean Cox said of their last visit to the SCG.”We were talking about that before. We’re used to going out to Telstra Stadium (now ANZ Stadium), and the SCG is a lot smaller ground. So throughout the week we will try to shrink Subi (their home ground Subiaco Oval) as much as we can and get the dimensions to those of the SCG.”Former Eagle turned Swan Mark Seaby said the shrinking involved putting a ring of plastic cones inside Subiaco, to make the competition’s biggest ground resemble the smaller ones. It was a practice they also followed when preparing to play at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne.The dimensions of Subiaco are 175 by 122 metres, while the SCG is just 152.5m long, but wider at 136m. And it’s not surprising that West Coast are looking for different training methods, as history has shown they have not had great success at the SCG.They have won just three times in 14 visits dating back to 1987, the last win coming in round nine of 1999. The only player who played that day and is still around now was a young Adam Goodes in his first season with the Swans.While Seaby is now in red and white, Cox isn’t a lone ruck ranger. He has outstanding youngster Nic Naitanui as his new ruck partner. The 201-centimetre 19-year-old is considered one of the game’s future stars.”He’s an amazing talent,” Cox said. ”Ever since he got to the footy club he’s shown glimpses of being a superstar and I think that’s certainly down the track. He does things that most other ruckmen can’t do. He runs away from midfielders and all that sort of stuff.”Seaby said the challenge of matching up with his former training partner was something he had been looking forward to, as he had been ”whipping me at training for a while”.He admitted he learnt a lot from Cox, and as for Naitanui, the Swans will be ready and waiting.”We’ve got to be prepared for everything, I think,” Seaby said.”He can do it all and he’s flying at the moment. He’s got a lot of tricks up his sleeve, and we’ve got to be ready for that.”As for trying to batter the youngster as some clubs have, Seaby said: ”Obviously it hasn’t worked because he’s still rucking well. It’s something he’s adjusted to and is working well against. We might have to come up with something different, I think.”Asked if Cox and Naitanui were the most difficult ruck opponents in the competition, Seaby said: ”I think so … it’s going to be really hard.”
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