Hot and cold Rockliff dropped ahead of Port clash

By Meg Saultry

Five games short of game 200, Tom Rockliff has been dropped from Port Adelaide's line-up ahead of its Greater Western Sydney clash on Sunday.

Following Port's 37-point loss to Brisbane in round five, coach Ken Hinkley has swung the axe on the Benalla product, along with defender Riley Bonner.

Speaking to press on Friday morning, Hinkley said Rockliff's omission was due to lacklustre form this year, which the midfielder had also acknowledged.

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“Rockliff is a stoppage player for us and his form has not quite been to the standard we would like at the moment. Tom would admit that, and we've made a change this week,” Hinkley said.

Rockliff is averaging 20 disposals and three clearances so far this year, down from 28.5 and six from last season.

Cam Sutcliffe and defender Ryan Burton are set to come into the team, with Port currently sitting on top of the ladder on 4-1.

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