Power address poor starts

17 April 2018 03:35:35 EST

Port Adelaide have identified a new way to help them get off to better starts in matches after struggling in the first half so far this year.

The Power have been behind at the main break in three of their four matches, including having a 27-point deficit against Essendon last weekend.

That Etihad Stadium clash, which Ken Hinkley's side lost by 22 points, was their first defeat of the campaign but the coach admits he's been concerned at having trailed at half-time against Sydney and Brisbane.

Port may have been caught out by the new regulations around pre-game warm-ups, and the coaching staff have addressed that issue.

Assistant coach Brendon Lade says the way the team warm up for games is set to change as they look to address their poor starts.

"We might do some more intense stuff on the ground as well, we're throwing up everything at the moment because our starts are not good enough," said Lade. "Might do some handball games, some contested stuff, get them up and going early.

"We're adjusting, as every team is, to the new warm-up, but that's not an excuse at all; we need to start better, and we haven't."

Lade added: "For us to come out of the blocks better, get a better start and to stay in the game from the start, is what we're after."

The Power, who are one of six teams level on points at the top of the ladder with three wins from four rounds, will put their new warm-up routine to the test when they host Geelong at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

Port Adelaide are 9/20 to beat Geelong, who are 7/4. The Power are 93/100 conceding an 11.5-point start.

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