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Teague: Blues' belief building

Teague previews Melbourne Interim coach David Teague previews the Round 16 clash with Melbourne at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

“EVERYONE is obviously excited.”

With two wins under his belt in three senior coaching appearances, interim coach David Teague is sharing in the excitement of Blues supporters.

Teague reflected on the growth of the playing group when speaking to media ahead of the Carlton’s clash with Melbourne on Sunday.

“The club has been starved of success and to have a couple of wins in three weeks has been nice, but it’s the belief of the playing group,” Teague said.

“They believe they can compete at this level and that’s our challenge going forward this weekend, to continue to compete.”

 

The belief he is referring to would have been bolstered in part by last week’s comeback victory over the Dockers.

Missing co-captain Patrick Cripps and losing the in-form Charlie Curnow shortly after the first bounce, the undermanned Blues showed their big game credentials, with their resilience particularly pleasing for Teague.

“I think for the players particularly, and even for Patrick, he can see that he doesn’t have to be at centre bounces or at every stoppage,” he said of the skipper.

“They got the job done and that’s what we require regardless of who goes out there.”

“They’ve got a role to play that’s what we’ve been selling, and the players have been buying into it and last week was a great example.”

The Blues will have to go without dynamic forward Charlie Curnow for the next month as he recovers from a medial ligament knee injury.

 

Teague is eager to see off-season recruit Mitch McGovern reach his potential up forward in Curnow’s absence.

While McGovern’s impact on the scoreboard has been limited over the first half of the season, Teague is not underestimating his leadership credentials on field.

“Even just talking to Paddy Dow, in his positioning and structures there was a real improvement. He said Mitch was virtually telling him the whole time where to stand and how to play,” he said.

“So having someone like Mitch down there, his leadership has been really good for our forward line because it’s changed a fair bit over the year.”