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Did Swans duo rattle Tigers superstar Martin?


Sydney successfully nullified Dustin Martin’s influence in their seismic Round 3 win over Richmond.

Martin and the Tigers had a rare off day as the Swans swarmed the reigning premiers, picking apart their defence with precision to notch their third 100-plus score in as many weeks.

Sydney evergreens Josh Kennedy and Luke Parker were tasked with quelling the three-time Norm Smith Medallist and did a commendable job that contributed to the upset 45-point victory.

Sydney youngster Chad Warner, whose two-goal performance earned him the Rising Star nomination for Round 3, shed further light on how Kennedy and Parker went about stopping Martin.

The triple-premiership Tiger finished with 20 disposals, four clearances and one goal.

“‘Joey’ and ‘Parks’ really took him out of the game a bit, so it let us do what we needed to do,” Warner told Sportsday.

“It really helped us.

“They weren’t tagging him or anything, they just wanted to put a fair bit of body into him at general stoppages, centre bounces and just around the ground.

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“What happened just rattled him maybe a little bit and they won the ball off him too.

“They did really well on their own behalf which was nice for the team.”

Warner, 19, was rewarded for his bright start to the season with a contract extension that ties him to the club until the end of 2023.

Fellow Swans young guns James Rowbottom (2024) and Nick Blakey (2024) also re-committed to the club.

The unbeaten Swans host Essendon at the SCG on Thursday night.

Quaddie EDM@2x

Sydney Swans Richmond

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