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Callum Twomey  September 14, 2015 7:00 AM

Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Adelaide The Dogs and Crows clash in the 2nd Elimination Final
AFL 2015 Second Elimination Final - Western Bulldogs v Adelaide

Big Crow Sam Jacobs and celebrates Saturday night's thrilling win

We think we're good enough to beat anyone

ADELAIDE ruckman Sam Jacobs says the thrill of winning on the MCG gives his team confidence it can keep progressing through this year's finals series.

The Crows booked a semi-final clash against Hawthorn with a seven-point victory over the Western Bulldogs in Saturday night's elimination final.

It was just their second game at the venue all season but they will return next Friday night to take on the reigning premiers in a knockout final, and Jacobs said the Crows believe they can continue their tilt at the premiership.

"We certainly won't put a ceiling on [how far we can go]. We're here, we think we're good enough to beat anyone. We'll enjoy this at the moment and then get ready for Hawthorn," Jacobs told AFL.com.au after the stirring win over the sixth-placed Dogs.

"It's an unreal feeling. It's one we'll definitely savour and enjoy for the moment, but in 24 hours we'll start to look forward to the Hawks.

"Being an interstate team we don't get exposed much to the 'G. We only played once here this year, and that was against Carlton in round 10. It was an amazing thing to experience tonight and we'll definitely draw on that again next week."

Adelaide will also continue to draw on the adversity it has overcome this year after the tragic passing of coach Phil Walsh in July.

The Crows' next game – scheduled several days after Walsh's shock death – was cancelled, but since then the club united to win six of its next nine games to clinch a finals position.

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Their win over the Bulldogs - another sentimental favourite to neutral fans given their sharp rise this year - saw more support thrown their way and Jacobs acknowledged the extra emotion behind the win.

"The main thing we've spoken about as a group is that it's always been about 'team first'," he said.

"After the tough time we went through I think it galvanised the group even more. What you'll see is 22 blokes out there playing for each other and that's what everyone would have seen against the Bulldogs.

"I guess everyone loves a story and we're probably it, along with the Bulldogs. If people want to jump on and support us, we're more than happy, but at the moment we're enjoying the ride. We know we've got a lot of hard work ahead of us."

Jacobs continued his stellar season with 15 disposals and 39 hit-outs against the Dogs, plus three clearances at ground level. But his midfield was smashed at the stoppages, particularly in the centre clearances (losing 17-8), and the 27-year-old identified the need to improve next week.

"We've got to tighten up a few things. Hawthorn will come out firing and we know how damaging they can be with their ball use. We've got to back in our systems," he said.