The Tigers’ VFL team has been in hot form charging into the Grand Final while the AFL team has been idle after beating Geelong in the qualifying final a fortnight ago.
However, Damien Hardwick has stuck with the 22 that got the job done against the Cats in the hope they can deliver the club its first Grand Final appearance since 1982.
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Shai Bolton was the hot tip to come into the team after VFL coach Craig McRae described the Western Australian as a “level above” the second-tier competition.
Instead, the first-year play was named as an emergency along with Shaun Hampson and Corey Ellis.
The Giants will also go into the MCG blockbuster unchanged after Steve Johnson pulled up well as he manages his ageing knees.
Fellow half-forward Devon Smith proved his fitness at training after a knee injury of his own but couldn’t squeeze out the three-time premiership star.
Meanwhile, Adelaide and Geelong have both made two changes ahead of Friday night’s clash.
The Crows were forced into changes after Brodie Smith (knee) and Mitch McGovern (hamstring) were struck down by injury.
Midfielder star Rory Sloane is a handy inclusion after missing the Crows’ qualifying final win a fortnight ago as he recovered from appendicitis.
Key position swingman Andy Otten comes in for McGovern, providing the Crows with greater flexibility to stretch the Cats’ defence or halt their scoring power.
As expected key defender Tom Lonergan returns for Geelong after missing the semi-final win over Sydney with food poisoning.
While Chris Scott’s second change is more of a surprise as Nakia Cockatoo comes in despite playing just 65 minutes of AFL in 13 weeks.
James Parsons and Zach Guthrie are the unlucky pair to go out with Rhys Stanley - the late inclusion last week - holding his place after an impressive performance.
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