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Will Schofield and Josh Jenkins wrestle.

AFL live: Adelaide v West Coast

Follow live scores and statistics as Adelaide look to consolidate a top two finish against fellow finals team West Coast Eagles.

Nic Nat gone for 2017

A dejected Nic Naitanui on the Eagles bench on Friday night.

It is likely to be at least a year before Nic Naitanui plays football again, with the ruckman set to undergo traditional knee surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

Eagles weigh up Jack Darling ruck role

A new role for Jack Darling?

West Coast coach Adam Simpson will consider using forward Jack Darling as a mobile ruckman as the Eagles attempt to fill the massive void left by Nic Naitanui.

Reaction to ruck losses part of the riddle

Medical staff attend to the Eagles' Nic Naitanui after he suffered a knee injury in the match against Hawthorn.

Just how West Coast and Hawthorn react to the loss of ruckmen Nic Naitanui and Jonathon Ceglar may have a lot to do with determining this year's premier, as well as a perennial football debate.

AFL 101: three things we worked out from round 22

Nic Naitanui limps from the ground on Friday night.

West Coast's season reached its highest and lowest points within half an hour of each other, Dockers fans were left wondering whether rock bottom was here yet and the rest of the competition was left pondering what century some Port Adelaide supporters were living in. 

Big men hurt as Eagles topple Hawks

Jack Darling celebrates a goal.

West Coast have surely ended Hawthorn chances of claiming one trophy this season - the minor premiership - after their 25-point win at Domain Stadium on Friday night.

AFL live: West Coast v Hawthorn

Nic Naitanui and Ben McEvoy contest the ruck.

There's a real sense of finals in the air as the top-of-the-table Hawks face a big challenge against the sixth-placed Eagles in Perth.

Simpson still singing the same song

Different type of journey: West Coast coach Adam Simpson admits the Eagles haven't played to the same levels they ...

Adam Simpson knows his West Coast team hasn't hit the same heights as last year. But the Eagles keep winning. And who's to say they can't still end up in the same place?