Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Port Adelaide, Round 2, 2018

Well, that wasn't great viewing. First half looked pretty good and really should have been a lot further than 14 points in front.

Then Port decided to throw Charlie Dixon in the ruck and all hell broke loose, the defence turned into a sieve and the once assured possession of the Swans looked like a wet soap in a communal bathroom.

You can't expect to win games kicking 4-goals-to-10 in the second half of football. They certainly weren't helped by inconsistent Umpiring, blowing for the smallest infringements to Port, and allowing Swans players to be practically dumped into the ground without the ball.

Anyway, there's always next week - oh wait, it's Greater Western Sydney, talk about a tough challenge to back up a bit of a down performance.

B: Nick Smith, Heath Grundy, Dane Rampe
HB: Dan Hannebery, Lewis Melican, Robbie Fox
C: Jake Lloyd, Josh P. Kennedy, Callum Mills
HF: Harry Cunningham, Lance Franklin, Isaac Heeney
F: Will Hayward, Gary Rohan, Tom Papley
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Luke Parker, Kieren Jack
I/C: Oliver Florent, Jarrad McVeigh, George Hewett, Dean Towers

3: Jarrad McVeigh
8
His first half was really, really good. His second half, a bit meh
4: Dan Hannebery
7
He returned, did some good things, still looked a little rusty at times.
7: Harry Cunningham
7
Among the better players on the ground, finished with a goal
12: Josh Kennedy
7.5
Not really his night. His 1st half DE was 31% and it didn't really get much better. Finished with 33, 20 contested, 8 clearances and 7 inside 50s, including that absurd assist for Luke Parker's goal.
13: Oliver Florent
7
Looked really good and sharp in the first half, one of the better players on the ground. Disappeared in the second half, still finished with 20 disposals.
14: Callum Mills
5
Not a great night, made a LOT of clangers and mistakes and generally handled the ball like a hot potato, or a bar of soap.
15: Kieren Jack
6.5
Looked good in the first half, not really sighted after half-time.
16: Gary Rohan
6
Couldn't get in the game at any stage, still laid 5 tackles.
18: Callum Sinclair
7
Was among the better players on the ground in the first half, 29 HO up to HT. Nothing worked for him afterwards as Charlie Dixon dominated.
22: Dean Towers
6.5
Did ok in the ruck in the first half and jagged a crucial goal in the last quarter. Did what he had to do with little fuss and looked like the only one capable of controlling the ball in the 2nd half.
23: Lance Franklin
8
Kicked another 4 sausages, looked the most dangerous player on the ground, pity we couldn't get the ball forward.
24: Dane Rampe
4.5
Sloppy all night, gave up a goal in the goal square, had 8 disposals and half were clangers, couldn't even handle the ball in the 2nd half.
26: Luke Parker
8
Best midfielder for the Swans by a mile.
29: George Hewett
6
Won't have fond memories of this milestone.
5: Isaac Heeney
7.5
Didn't have a big first half but certainly lifted in the 3rd quarter. At times looked like he could do anything.
9: Will Hayward
5.5
Kicked a goal, laid a few tackles, but struggled throughout. Finished with 8 disposals.
39: Heath Grundy
5
Decent first half, completely dominated 2nd half, really looks underdone.
11: Tom Papley
6.5
He had an OK game, nothing flash, kicked a goal and did some OK things
40: Nick Smith
7.5
Best defender by a mile, laid tackles, got 21 disposals, was pretty good.
42: Robbie Fox (R)
6
Good first half, not so good 2nd half.
44: Jake Lloyd
6.5
Just didn't have his usual zip and drive and started turning the ball over in the second half.
43: Lewis Melican
3.5
The 3 tackles don't really offset what he couldn't do with the ball. When he had it he was far too casual, couldn't hit a target and turned it over at an alarming rate. While he had a high number of 1%'rs, he was comprehensively beaten by the 3 tall forwards.
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