you realise they led Richmond by 81 points at 3/4 time in the elimination final last year don't you.
I think you are severely underrating this side BK. Those you highlight as being Richmond by fit, even if you accept them as the bottom end of their first 22 , are a hell of a lot better than other bottom 6s.
watch them take full advantage of ryder's centre square brilliance this year. He also allows them to be more flexible with westhoff and gives them a bit of depth defensively if they get desperate too.
the only thing that stops these guys playing in another prelim is injuries and if it is a home prelim it will take a damn good team to beat them.
they are a mile a head of norf and would have destroyed them almost as comprehensively as Sydney did.
That is all that you had to say. They beat the worst team that made the 8 by a huge margin at their (Port) home ground. Massive achievement.
I think they have holes in their 22 which will see them never really challenge Sydney or Hawthorn on the big stage.
I think they will go backwards.
Port supporters and the football public in general carrying on that Ryder is going to be the be all and end all, are mistaken. Too be honest I don't see a position in their 22 that needed less tending too than their rucks.
I highly doubt Ryder will ever reach the heights that he did in 2014 and adding him will only take away from their game style of run non stop for every minute of every game and take the game on.