Powell-Pepper rested for Power

12 August 2017 07:07:35 EST

Sam Powell-Pepper will miss his first game of the season when Port Adelaide host Collingwood on Sunday.

Powell-Pepper is a leading contender for the AFL Rising Star award at the end of a very impressive first season with the Power.

But coach Ken Hinkley feels it will be best to give the 19-year-old a break so he can freshen up for the finals.

The midfielder's debut campaign had been "amazing", Hinkley said, and his absence would only be for one week.

Powell-Pepper is one of five changes Hinkley has made following last weekend's embarrassing 84-point defeat in the Showdown against leaders Adelaide.

He's left out Jackson Trengove, Angus Monfries and Aaron Young, while key defender Jack Hombsch is out with a hip injury.
Speaking of Hombsch, Hinkley said: "The hip is part of it, (but) it's not the only part why Jack isn't in the side. He's certainly struggling to be at his absolute best physically."

Chad Wingard, defender Dan Houston, swingman Dougal Howard and midfielders Brendon Ah Chee and Matt White have come into the side to take on the Magpies.

Wingard is back after missing two weeks with an ankle injury, while Howard returns for his first senior game since the 199cm utility tore his ACL in the round 13 loss to Fremantle last year.

"He's got some real power that we like, he's got some speed at the top end and he's a good size and marks and kicks the ball really well. He can play both ends and he can play in the ruck," Hinkley of Howard.

Port Adelaide are 9/25 to beat the Magpies, who are 9/4.

Collingwood are 93/100 with a 19.5-points start.

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