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Crows won't get complacent from the peak: Pyke

Pyke: 'There's a long way to go' Adelaide coach Don Pyke says his side won't be getting ahead of themselves after 6-0 start to the season
You need your leaders to stand up and lead. Tex did and Rory Sloane did as well
Don Pyke

ADELAIDE is 6-0, on top of the ladder, has a percentage of 160.9 and is crushing everything in its path.

But Crows coach Don Pyke knows his in-form side can't afford to get complacent if it's to win the club's first premiership in 20 years.

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"I've been around long enough to know no-one is unbeatable," Pyke said after the Crows' 76-point thumping of Richmond at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

"To play that way is exciting.

"I sit back in the box at times and marvel at some of the ball movement we were able to execute.

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"We've got work to do, but when we play that way, we're very hard to play against."

The Crows were able to rectify a nine-point quarter-time deficit through a huge emphasis on winning the contested ball. 

After trailing the Tigers by 14 in contested possessions in the first term, the Crows had 36 more contested possessions in the second and third quarters combined to turn the game on its head. 

Skipper Taylor Walker was influential with five goals for the game, while Rory Sloane (33 disposals), Matt Crouch (38 and 10 clearances) and Brad Crouch (25) did the hard work in tight. 

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Pyke said it was a credit to maturity of the players to know they needed to lift. 

"It's less about me delivering the result, it's more about the players recognising the need for an additional increase in intent," Pyke said.

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"I felt our intent just wasn't there around the ball with some of our run. 

"The players acknowledged that and understand that and they collectively drive that standard for themselves. 


"You need your leaders to stand up and lead. Tex did and Rory Sloane did as well.

"But it wasn't just about the leaders, it was about the whole group. 

"Whether it was each individual line or players within those lines, they had a bit of resolve about them and changed the flow of the game." 

Ruckman Sam Jacobs dominated his duel with Toby Nankervis, having 50 hit-outs to go with 26 possessions.

"He was very good against Hawthorn in round two and he was very good again tonight," Pyke said. 

"He generated a fair bit of ball for us and his ruck work was of a high standard and his follow up was great. 

"He started linking up through the midfield. 

"He has that capacity and he kicks the ball well and he found himself in space and we were able to use him through the midfield."


Sloane left the ground late with a cork to his leg, but Pyke said he was in no doubt for Saturday's game with North Melbourne in Hobart. 

"He'll be fine," Pyke said. 

"We rested him as a precaution near the end there."