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Despite the hype, ladder-leaders Port Adelaide aren’t the new benchmark of the AFL, Power ruckman Matthew Lobbe says.

Lobbe is adamant Hawthorn remain the competition pacesetters and has cautioned his teammates against getting carried away with a stunning start to the season.

“It’s only round six,” Lobbe told reporters.

“We’re excited with what we have done so far. But we can only look at it being round six and the improvement we have got to do.

“It’s such a tough competition at the moment, you have got to still focus week to week – it’s a cliche, but that is all we can do at the moment.

“If we want to be a great side like Geelong has been for so many years, we have got to be consistent every week.”

The Power assumed top spot with a 40-point belting of Geelong on Sunday which Lobbe said offered Port immense self-belief.

“The belief in the group is really strong at the moment,” he said.

“But more importantly than that, we’re going to stay hungry and we’re going to stay desperate every week.”

Port travel to play Greater Western Sydney on Saturday with goalsneak Angus Monfries to return from a three-game absence with a hamstring strain.

“Monfries will play this week, unless something goes wrong between now and the next game,” Hinkley told media.


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