Ports record this season against final 8 teams ended at 2 wins, 8 losses. They were No more legitimate contenders than us, tbh.
Its been a very weird season with only Sydney approaching a genuinely top level, imo and everyone else have real flaws.
I think the Swans will dismantle Adelaide tactically and are the best team in it overall. But Richmond may ride pace and momentum all the way on the big ground.