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DBJ: We don't take any team lightly

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02 : Cameron Ellis-Yolmen of the Crows kicks the ball in front of Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power during the 2019 JLT Community Series match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Memorial Oval on March 02, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 02 : Cameron Ellis-Yolmen of the Crows kicks the ball in front of Darcy Byrne-Jones of the Power during the 2019 JLT Community Series match between the Adelaide Crows and the Port Adelaide Power at Memorial Oval on March 02, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)

PADDY RYDER and Robbie Gray have been lauded for having an uncanny understanding on the ground, but for at least one moment on Saturday they weren’t on the same page, as they clashed heads.

The collision left Ryder nursing a depressed cheekbone, which required surgery.

The 2017 All-Australian ruckman is in some doubt for Port Adelaide’s Round 1 clash against Melbourne at the MCG, but teammate Darcy Byrne-Jones is “very confident” Ryder will be fine to play.

And the defender has joked that Ryder was the author of his own demise.

“Usually you don’t get in Robbie’s way when he’s around the ball so I’ll put that one on Paddy,” Byrne-Jones said during an interview on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa.

And while there is a cloud over Ryder’s fitness, Port Adelaide’s opponent Melbourne has a lengthy injury list of its own to navigate to add to the suspension of key defender Steven May.

Among those who won’t play are defender Jake Lever, midfielder Jay Kennedy-Harris and forwards Mitch Hannan and Jeff Garlett, while there is some doubt over co-captains Nathan Jones and Jack Viney, and ruckman Brandon Preuss.

But Byrne-Jones said regardless of who takes to the MCG on Saturday week, the Power will be in for a fight.

“No matter who they put out on the park, they’re going to be very very competitive,” he said.

“Even if those guys do or don’t play – it is Round 1 so everyone is going to be up and about and be excited so we don’t take any team lightly and consider them ripe for the picking.

“You’ve got to go out there every week and do the right things, do the team things and hopefully the result looks after itself.”

The Power has promised and at times delivered a high-tempo attacking brand of football in the pre-season which has seen it scoring easier and more frequently than in 2018.

Last season the Power averaged just 80.9 points per game while in two JLT Community Series games in the pre-season the side averaged 106 points, including 123 last Saturday against North Melbourne.

Byrne-Jones is confident the new style will stack up throughout the year and in finals.

“It’s exciting isn’t it, kicking goals, and some of those young guys down there are pretty exciting,” he said.

“Zak Butters, Connor Rozee, Todd Marshall -when those guys are up and about, it’s a fun team to play in, that’s for sure and I’m sure it’s a fun thing to watch.

“Teams are going to have to kick a big score to beat us so I think as the year progresses, you do some tinkering and some adjusting to the game plan but at this stage it’s really exciting to be a part of that.

“To be kicking a high score like that it’s great to be out there.”