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Scott wants tough hit-out

JUGGLING ACT: Brad Scott during the Kangaroos round one NAB Challenge game against St Kilda. Picture: Getty ImagesIt’s not quite a case of ‘the hotter the better’ for the Kangaroos, but North Melbourne coach Brad Scott welcomes fierce conditions for the NAB Challenge game against Collingwood on Saturday.
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The AFL will activateitsextreme heat policy for the Robertson Oval match,limiting quarters to 22 minutes, extending the breaks andallowing teams into the change rooms at quarter time and three-quarter time. Teams are also allowed an extra trainer.

“We don’t think we’ll need to take any precautions otherthan normal,likehydration, cooling vests,” Scott said.

The Kangaroos haven’t won their firstgame of the regular season since 2009and Scott’s desire for a flying start demands a testing pre-season.

“It (Wagga) is a place I have been before and it’s always hot at this time of year.

“But we’re looking forward to the oppressive conditions. I think it gives us a really good hit-out under tough conditions and I think it’ll add to our conditioning process for round one.”

The Kangaroos have some big names coming in, including 300-gamer Nick Dal Santoand gun ruckman Todd Goldstein as well asveteran Daniel Wells, who has played just 12 games in two seasons.

The return of the 31-year old is highly anticipated at a club which is desperate to get beyond a preliminary final, after beingrolled on the penultimate weekend of the year two years running.

“Wellsy –he’s been a class midfielder at North for a long time and the boys are excited to get him back,” North assistant coach, Leigh Tudor, told The Daily Advertiser.

VETERAN: Nick Dal Santo in last year’s preliminary final against West Coast – his 300th AFL game. He’s one of the big ins for the Kangaroos this week. Picture: Getty Images

“He’s been training the house down and the boys do get excited when you see one of the stars on the track and doing the things he does.”

The Kangaroos have brought intalls Ben Brown and Andrew Blackand retainedDrew Petrie –who kicked four goals in their win against St Kilda.

Tudor, who has moved into the role of forwards coach,isn’t ruling out a goal-fest against the Pies.

“Hopefully. We have a different mix-up from last week and we want to see some of the thingswe’ve been working on pre-season. You’ve got to score to win,” he said.

Scott said the pre-season competition is a balance of getting game time into experienced players and a look at new faces, including Mitch Hibberd and Declan Mountford.

“Declan’s really impressed with his speed and penetration, particularly from a stoppage area. All the things that we liked when we drafted those boys have impressed us so we’re looking forward to seeing how they go.”

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