Sydney's audacious bid to make the AFL finals faces another test against the last side to make a miraculous charge into the major round.
Sydney ruckman Kurt Tippett has been dropped and Western Bulldogs key forward Travis Cloke recalled for tonight's clash between last year's Grand Finalists at the SCG.
GWS Giants debutant Tim Taranto has been given a licence to unleash himself on the AFL after learning he will be blooded in the first-round match against the Crows in Adelaide on Sunday.
The injury-hit Crows will face a similarly-depleted Greater Western Sydney outfit to kick off their season, with five senior Giants players unavailable for the Round One clash.
Former South African cricket captain Graeme Smith says Australian skipper Steve Smith looks lost.
West Coast coach Adam Simpson was none too pleased with two of his stars making the trip to Melbourne for last night's All Australian function.