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Player ratings: Western Bulldogs

Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Adelaide The Dogs and Crows clash in the 2nd Elimination Final
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 12: Luke Dahlhaus, Western Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2015 AFL Second Elimination Final match between the Western Bulldogs and the Adelaide Crows at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on September 12, 2015. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Luke Dahlhaus was outstanding on Saturday night

Shane Biggs – 6
Started on the bench and played mainly on Tom Lynch, while spending time on Betts in the second after his three first term goals. Worked at both ends of the field for 17 disposals and laid five tackles. A solid effort.

Marcus Bontempelli – 8
Started his first final with a bang with three clearances and six touches in the opening five minutes. Went quiet for a bit but then a basketball tap-style pass to Dickson in the opening minutes of the second put the ball in front of him and gave the Dogs the first goal. Had some big moments late and won seven clearances overall.

Matthew Boyd – 5
After being rested last week often found himself loose across half-back. Played against Richard Douglas and Riley Knight at times, but was largely left to his own devices for 21 disposals and five rebounds. Wasn't always accurate by foot. 

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Stewart Crameri - 6
Had some good moments in his first final but too often blazed away without thinking first. Gave Kyle Cheney a big job as he ran up and down the field, and managed to snare two goals but was wasteful with his kicking with five behinds.

Luke Dahlhaus – 9
One of the Dogs' best in his first final. Had a massive first quarter with 12 disposals and roved off hands for the Dogs' third goal. Was prolific when it came to scoring assists with four and took the ball inside 50 six times. Was their second highest ball winner with 27 disposals.

Caleb Daniel – 6
Started as the substitute and made a decent impact when he came on for the start of the fourth quarter. Provided defensive pressure almost straight away and left nothing in the tank as he took on Rory Laird, Luke Brown and Nathan van Berlo. Three tackles, one inside 50 and seven disposals from 29 minutes isn't a bad return for a first final.

Tory Dickson – 9
Led the Dogs for goals with five after making the most of his opportunities. Kicked the second goal of the game in his first final and was then in the right spot to capitalise on Bontempelli's tap early in the second for another. Booted two goals in the fourth quarter, with the second regaining the Dogs' lead. Was key in keeping the Dogs alive with his accuracy.

Jarrad Grant – 4
Took him a few goes to make the most of his chances. Sprayed a gettable shot 18 minutes in after the Crows booted three unanswered goals, and missed again after juggling a mark inside 50 in the third. Finally converted from outside 50 in the fourth but could have been better with his earlier opportunities.

Joel Hamling - 6
Looked shaky early on in his first final but did well against Josh Jenkins. Took an important mark in the fourth quarter from Patrick Dangerfield's kick and overall had more of the ball than his predominant opponent. Played his role.

Mitch Honeychurch - 3
Subbed out of his first final at three-quarter time after struggling against the experienced Nathan van Berlo. He did lay an impressive tackle on the former captain that won a free kick but booted the set shot that came with it out on the full. Will be better for the experience.

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Lachie Hunter – 8
Got his hands hot early in his first final with nine touches in the first quarter. Spent time on Rory Atkins and got the better of him, and shone when he used his composure to set up Dickson for his fifth goal 10 minutes into the last quarter to give the Dogs the lead. Led the team for disposals with 28.

Lin Jong – 7
Had some tough jobs against Scott Thompson, Patrick Dangerfield and Richard Douglas and wasn't disgraced against any of them. Started his debut final on the bench but came on for 13 first-half disposals. Took a screamer in the third and then kicked a goal to get them back within three points.

Jack Macrae – 6
Had a good battle with the more experienced Thompson and finished the game well with seven disposals and three of his six clearances in the fourth quarter. Steadied any nerves with a composed kick inside 50 that set up Grant in the first, and another in the second that hit up Jack Redpath. A solid effort.

Will Minson – 8
Unsurprisingly tired in his first AFL game since round 15 but put in a great effort after being recalled to take on Sam Jacobs. While Jacobs won the hit-outs 39 to 26, Minson was better at ground level and not only took the ball inside 50 three times but provided two scoring assists.

Dale Morris - 5
A rest last week wasn't enough to give the veteran the pace to deal with an on-song Eddie Betts early on, with the livewire enjoying a seven-touch, three-goal first quarter. Still, fought on to win plenty of contested ball and didn't give up despite Betts' electric start.

Robert Murphy – 7
A slow start from the captain, who nursed a groin injury last week. Was involved in setting up the first goal when he found himself on his own in the middle but it was his 16 possessions in the second half that were important while he took on Charlie Cameron at times in an entertaining battle.

Liam Picken – 6
Didn't have a shattering impact in his 150th game but definitely did his job with 24 disposals, seven marks, seven tackles and five clearances. Spent time against Riley Knight in an even duel. Worked hard, as usual.

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Jack Redpath – 5
Started his first final on the bench and had Kyle Hartigan as opponent, who made life tough. Marked on the lead in the second after a quiet start and kicked his first, before repeating the effort in front of his opponent in the third to boot another. Took six marks overall but Hartigan won. 

Fletcher Roberts – 5
Had a huge job on Taylor Walker in his maiden finals appearance, which got harder as the game wore on and the Crows' captain grew in stature. Still, won 16 disposals and took four marks, but gave away a free to Knight for high contact in the third that resulted in a goal.

Jake Stringer – 5
Looked as though his first final was over in the first six minutes after he pulled up clutching his hamstring but overcame the twinge. Loomed dangerous and snapped an impressive major in the second when the Dogs needed a goal, but had a selfish moment in the third when he didn't handpass to Wallis inside 50 and was run down. Kicked an important goal in the fourth but the highlight were few and far between.

Mitch Wallis – 8
Had a massive 11 disposals in the last quarter of his first final after he teamed up with Bontempelli to set the pace at the stoppages in the opening term. Brought plenty of pressure with seven tackles and jointly led the team for clearances with seven. A decent game.

Easton Wood – 6
Was remarkably allowed loose behind the ball for parts of the game, where he got things moving. Got a blood nose when he courageously went back with the flight and cannoned into Walker in the third, and took a great mark on the far wing in the first. Didn't star but wasn't disgraced.