The Sydney Swans opened the season with a fierce Eagles clash and are relishing the thought of meeting high-flying Port Adelaide on Sunday.
The Swans will host the Power at the SCG in their first home game of the season as they look to pocket back-to-back wins to start their premiership campaign.
Sydney coach John Longmire says the side is well aware of the threat Port poses.
“They’re a very talented team,” Longmire said.
“They had about 11 players who had played more than 100 games on the weekend. They’ve got one of the most talented, if not the most talented, lists in the competition at the moment.
“The way they recruited over the summer was very much trying to get experienced players in and they’ve got young players developing underneath too. If you look at their depth and talent they’re right up there with the best in the competition.
“We saw them play on the weekend and they played a superb game with all those recruits playing really well.”
Port played finals football in 2017 and on Saturday picked up where it had left off, defeating Fremantle in a comprehensive 110 to 60 victory at Adelaide Oval.
A 26-point win over Adelaide in its final JLT Community Series clash preceded the Round 1 victory.
Longmire said a return home would add to the spectacle.
“We look forward to playing at the SCG on Easter Sunday after everyone’s had their Easter eggs,” Longmire said.
“We think it’s going to be a cracking game against one of the best teams in the competition.
An average of more than 34,000 fans per game flooded the SCG in season 2017 and the Swans will need the waves of red and white support against the Power."