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Dockers backline up for McKay-Curnow Blues challenge

Fremantle defender Jordan Clark is backing in Alex Pearce to do the job on Carlton’s lethal forward duo on Saturday during their clash at Adelaide Oval. 

Carlton and Fremantle are sitting in the top six with three wins each and will go head-to-head, hoping to come away remaining undefeated. 

Carlton’s forward contains Coleman medal-winning duo Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay, who have accumulated 21.6 goals between the two of them this season. 

However, Clark, told Sports Breakfast the backline is up for the challenge. 

“Carlton are a very good team all over the ground and that can be a really good challenge for us,” he said. 

“Alex Pearce is in great form, and all the backs are going to have a big job this week as do our midfielders and forwards. 

“The more pressure on the ball in any game the easier it is to play.”

The Fremantle captain has started the season in tremendous form, playing some career-best footy - averaging 13.3 disposals, 3.3 intercept marks and 4.7 tackles across three games. 

Also in the backline, is key defender Josh Draper, who has had a solid start to his career after coming in to replace the injured Oscar McDonald and Brennan Cox in round two.  

The Peel product is set to play a fundamental role and assist Pearce in reducing Curnow and McKay’s impact on the scoreboard. 

“He obviously played in the WAFL now for probably a year and is reaping the rewards now,“ said Clark.

“He's very athletic, he's made for the modern game and quite a raw footballer. I'm excited to see what player he's going to turn out to be in the future. 

“I think he’s going to be a very exciting, full player for us in a backline or wherever he wants to play. It is a credit to him and how he has developed since he walked through the doors.”

Carlton, who sits sixth on the ladder will be looking to beat Fremantle to jump into the top four, while the second-placed Fremantle will look to establish themselves as a serious contender after missing finals last year. 

This is the first time the Dockers have started the season 3-0 - a significant improvement from their start last season. 

However, Clark said he wouldn’t be reading too much into this game. 

“Certainly these are the games you want to play in, the big ones that both teams are undefeated and there's a lot of pride on the line,” he said. 

“You always want to win, there is obviously going to be a lot on this game and rightly so. 

“I think both teams probably earned that right with the form they're in at the start of the year, so it'll be a pretty good battle come Saturday."

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