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Key match ups: R6

Head 2 head: Samo V Hendo Both in absolute career best form, who will take the cake this Sunday in the first Tassie match of the year?

Ahead of Hawthorn’s clash against Carlton this Sunday at UTAS Stadium, let’s take a look at some of the potential match ups… 

Ricky Henderson v Sam Petrevski-Seton

Ricky Henderson’s Round 5 stats: 2 goals, 33 disposals, 10 marks, 12 pressure acts.

Sam Petrevski-Seton’s Round 5 stats: 1 goal, 35 disposals, 7 marks, 12 pressure acts.

If these two line up against each other on Sunday afternoon, spectators should be in for some exciting viewing; both are coming off career-best performances, both are relishing the game’s new rules, and both are adding another dimension to the midfields of their respective teams. 

Kaiden Brand v Harrison McKay

With James Frawley out injured, Kaiden Brand will likely be tasked with stopping the in-form Harry McKay. McKay is coming off a career-best performance that saw him boot 4.3 to help his side to their first win of the season. Meanwhile, Brand looks set to play his second game of the season after a solid job against Geelong’s dangerous forwards. 

James Worpel v Sam Walsh

The young guns of their respective sides, both have been in superb form to start the season. In his second year on the Hawks’ list, James Worpel hasn’t missed a beat, playing every game and averaging 25.6 disposals and 3.4 tackles. His fend off is a thing of beauty, and last time he faced the Blues he amassed a career-high 32 touches. His potential opponent, Sam Walsh, has numbers almost identical; an average of 26.2 disposals and 3.2 tackles. The number one draft pick is a hot favourite to take out this year’s Rising Star award. How will he fair when up against The Worpedo?

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