Fremantle coach Justin Longmuir is urging Andrew Brayshaw to embrace being tagged, saying the rising midfield star ought to view it as a “badge of honour”.
Every week after being restricted to 19 disposals in opposition to Carlton, Brayshaw tallied simply two within the first half in opposition to Hawthorn as James Worpel wore him like a glove.
In a bid to interrupt the shackles, Brayshaw was despatched to tag Tom Mitchell within the second half, and the transfer labored wonders.
Mitchell tallied 25 possessions within the first half, however he was restricted to only 12 thereafter.
Brayshaw then obtained off the leash himself with a nine-disposal ultimate quarter to complete the match with 15 possessions within the 15-point win.
“He is going by way of a section now the place he’ll should study to cope with consideration,” Longmuir stated.
“That is a credit score to him, as a result of he began the yr rather well and groups are figuring out him to place time into. He ought to put on that as a badge of honour and embrace it.
“He would not essentially should do too many issues totally different. He simply has to do his half for the crew. Typically the very best factor is to get your fingers soiled and play your function.”
Longmuir was filled with reward for ruckman Sean Darcy, who booted 3.2 and took 5 contested marks taking part in principally as a ahead.
Darcy additionally tallied 14 disposals, 18 hitouts, and 4 clearances in arguably his finest recreation at AFL degree.
Debutant Josh Treacy (10 disposals) and Sam Sturt (5 disposals, one objective) had quiet video games, however Longmuir is eager to play the important thing forwards once more in Sunday’s conflict with the Crows at Adelaide Oval.
Sturt has solely only in the near past recovered from final yr’s syndesmosis harm that required follow-up surgical procedure.
Longmuir initially wasn’t going to choose Sturt and Treacy in opposition to the Hawks, however he had a change of coronary heart.
“There have been doubts at the back of my thoughts whether or not Sturt had finished sufficient work,” Longmuir stated..
“However the state of affairs we’re in, we simply wanted to take a threat on him. He affords one thing that we do not have a whole lot of – and that is pace and skill on the lead.
“He most likely did not have his finest day, however he’ll construct on that.
“It is all the time been a little bit of a battle in my thoughts actually … does three talls work as a ahead line? However I made a decision to go along with it.”