Chris Scott expects a fiery edge to the qualifying final against Collingwood but has warned his Geelong players to keep cool heads.
Tempers flared when the teams last met, in round three, as Magpies livewire Jack Ginnivan got under the Cats’ skin.
Ginnivan got in Joel Selwood’s face after Pies youngster Ollie Henry had chased down the Geelong captain and kicked a goal from the free kick.
Tom Atkins took umbrage, wrestling Ginnivan in an incident that led to a melee and another free kick to Ginnivan, which he converted.
Scott wants Geelong to take a more mature approach when they return to the MCG on Saturday.
“Tom (Atkins) is a bit like this, and I quite like it to be honest, but there’s that fine line between responding in an aggressive manner that’s within the rules and then going a bit over the top,” Scott said.
“Tom didn’t like it and if people have a go at Joel Selwood, his teammates aren’t going to like it.
“That’s kind of the captain he is – you want to defend him.
“We don’t want that happening in this game but if it does, we’ll address it and do everything we can to make sure it doesn’t happen in this game.”
Ginnivan has been in the spotlight all year as someone who is perceived to play for free kicks and Scott urged his side to be wary of the talented Collingwood forward.
“There’s the agitation that comes when you give away a free kick, so the best way to mitigate that is to be really clear on the best way not to give away a free kick,” Scott said.
“He (Ginnivan) challenges the tackler to go low; everyone in the world who even casually watches footy understands that.
“The specific incident (in round three) … you’ve just got to be clear on that in the moment and you want to respond in the right way, not react emotionally.”
Magpies coach Craig McRae expects plenty of heat in Saturday’s contest, which is set to attract about 90,000 fans to the MCG.
“Any time you step over the white line, there’s an element of competitiveness that you need to bring your best,” McRae said.
“I would have thought this is going to be a real red hot game right from the start.”