Sport Giants' Simpson back to face Sandilands

23:01  12 april  2018
23:01  12 april  2018 Source:   MSN

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The 29-year-old journeyman has been recalled to the Giants' engine room for the clash with Fremantle, replacing the injured Rory Lobb (bone bruising).

Simpson's 31st game in the 12th season of his enduring career will see him again face off with one of the dominant big men in the history of the AFL.

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The 211cm Sandilands won 37 hitouts in that encounter as he monstered the Cats' duo of Mark Blake and Simpson.

But Simpson believes his third game for the Giants since moving from Geelong in 2016 will be far different.

"In the first couple of years, obviously he (Sandilands) was a lot more experienced and he was so big and he had his way with me a bit," Simpson told AAP.

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Aaron Sandilands of the Dockers and Dawson Simpson of the Cats compete in the ruck during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Geelong, Australia. « Back Next».

"But the last time we faced off was about four years ago and I felt like I had a reasonable game...he hasn't got any smaller but I'm looking forward to the challenge.

"He's an expert at his craft and using his body, so not only does he gives his mids first use of the ball but he actually gets the ball around the ground as well."

While Lobb's injury gives Simpson an opportunity, he is not expected to be absent for long meaning the former Cat knows the pressure is on to perform.

"I'll certainly have to have a good influence on the game and everyone's under no illusion that Rory and I are fighting for the same spot," Simpson said.

"We're actually really good mates so we're pretty professional about it all and don't let it affect our relationship."

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