Geelong’s ruck dominance could give the Cats the edge in Saturday night’s clash with Collingwood, potentially without Corey Enright.
The Cats faced a crisis of talls prior to the season when Nathan Vardy went down with a year-ending knee injury.
But the emergence of Hamish McIntosh – without a senior game in almost two years – and Dawson Simpson has Cats boss Chris Scott purring.
“After two rounds playing together, it looks like an option that can work for us longer term,” he said.
“It allows us to have options in our game style which we didn’t really have last year.”
McIntosh and Simpson out-rucked Matthew Leuenbrger and former Cat Trent West in their round two win at the Gabba, winning the hitouts 55-38.
Scott said the pair wouldn’t be certain starters in every game but it looks certain he will name them both against the Magpies, who have young ruckman Brodie Grundy in ruck, with support from Jesse White.
“To get something, we’ve got to give something. We have felt on balance we’ve got more from the two of them than what we’ve had to give,” he said.
“It’s a nice problem to have.”
A more troubling prospect will be the fitness of Corey Enright, who was taken out of the game after twisting his ankle in a tackle with Jordan Lisle.
Scott reported the triple premiership player was “a little bit sore” and but scans cleared him of serious damage and Enright would be given right up until naming a final team to prove his fitness.
“It did look quite serious, it almost looked like that sort of incident had the potential to break his leg, but there’s nothing serious like that – thank God,” he said.
“Given he couldn’t come back on the field there’s obviously some doubt there … if he’s close, we have an obligation to name him.
“We can’t be making a decision on Thursday morning.”
Geelong could also name young midfielder George Burbury, who broke his jaw in the pre-season but has completed a rapid recovery and played in the VFL last weekend.