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Stanley ready for next challenge

Rhys Stanley climbs high against Shane Mumford in Geelong’s loss to the GWS Giants last Saturday. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Marcel Berens)

RHYS Stanley hopes lessons learned from battling GWS Giants veteran Shane Mumford in last week’s four-point loss will have him well prepared for Hawthorn duo Ben McEvoy and Jonathon Ceglar

The Geelong ruck, who had 31 hitouts compared to Mumford’s 40, says taking the front position at ball-ups and boundary throw-ins will be crucial against the Hawks.

“I think they’re both really good at working us under the footy, which is going to be important with big Benny,” Stanley said.

“The first quarter (against the Giants), I felt like we were going OK and we got on top.

“And then he (Mumford) changed some things up and worked his way back into the game.

“Those big, strong guys, you’ve got to keep moving, I suppose – that’s key.”

Stanley, who was rewarded with a two-year contract extension late in the 2018 season after an impressive second half of the year, says he is looking to build on what he labelled “an OK start” to 2019.

“On the weekend, we showed we all need to improve in all areas of the game,” he said.

“And that’s definitely myself included.”

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