Hawthorn star Shaun Burgoyne says the Hawks won't get sucked in by Fremantle tagger Ryan Crowley's trash-talking and close-checking tactics in Saturday's AFL grand final.
And he warned Crowley the Hawks are ready and willing to give Sam Mitchell plenty of help if he is tagged by Fremantle's shut-down king.
Crowley is in grand form after his blanket job on Sydney's Kieren Jack, who had only 11 possessions in last weekend's loss to the Dockers in Perth.
Burgoyne says if Crowley goes to Mitchell at the first bounce on Saturday, he'll find his niggling tactics won't ruffle the feathers of the in-form Hawk who had 38 disposals in Friday's win over Geelong.
"That's just his game. He's made a career of tagging players and being very good at it," Burgoyne said yesterday.
"You can't get sucked into those mind games of trash talking, niggling.
"Mitch is pretty accustomed to those types of tactics. I've no doubt he'll deal with it very well if it comes his way."
Burgoyne says that Hawthorn's ex-skipper Mitchell knew what to expect from Crowley and so did his teammates.
"It's up to us guys to help him. I have no doubt he [Mitchell] will have an influence on our game," he said.
"When we've had players tagged this year, as a team we've tried to help out that player and we'll do exactly the same this week.
"Myself, Hodgey [Luke Hodge], Isaac Smith, Cyril [Rioli] - we'll definitely help out that player.
"It's going to take 22 players to win this week. We need the player who's getting tagged to have an influence on the game.
"So we'll definitely go out of our way to help out whoever he goes to."
Fremantle coach Ross Lyon said his players would be just as determined to help Crowley.
"Players that get tagged break the tag and the team tagging a player helps cover that player when he gets out," Lyon said.
"It's a team defence."
He said sending Crowley to Mitchell was one of his tactical options.
"He [Mitchell] is a good player. We'll have a think about it," Lyon said.
He said Crowley's mental strength was one of his major assets.
"He's got very good concentration. He's a running machine," Lyon said.
"He's got great strength and power but again he gets a lot of support from his teammates."
Crowley won't be the only Fremantle player trying to upset opponents' concentration on Saturday.
Hayden Ballantyne will chirp away but Hawks fullback Brian Lake says he won't be bothered. - AAP