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Chris Scott responds to Gary Rohan under pressure in finals, fiery TV exchange, Geelong Cats, qualifying final against Collingwood Magpies

Geelong coach Chris Scott has launched a strong defense of Gary Rohan following suggestions the striker is under pressure ahead of the finals series.

Channel 9 Leg assigned ResearchersHe highlighted how Rohan’s finals run for the Cats has dipped compared to the regular season, where the club averaged 7.9 disposals and 0.8 goals against in eight post-season games.

Essendon legend Matthew Lloyd has highlighted the 31-year-old’s underperformance in Richmond’s 2020 grand final loss to Geelong last year.

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“You want to be remembered for the finals and what you did – Luke Hodge and Dustin Martin,” said the three-time Coleman Medalist. Leg assigned.

“Gary Rohan has to go into this final process saying, ‘Let’s focus on my pressure and the rest will take care of itself.’ Last year, Prem had one touchdown and a touchdown, then five the year before that — those aren’t the numbers you want at the end.

“Chris Scott has always had confidence in him because of what he does off the ball, but you have to find your footing and bring that pressure.”

Rohan has been in good form in recent weeks (Photo by Martin Keep/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: FOX SPORTS

Rohan has had an injury-hit season, playing nine games but scoring six goals in his last three matches to lead the way to the finals.

later on Leg assigned Scott appeared on the show and tried to take the pressure off Rohan before he got the upper hand with Collingwood, leading to tension between the Geelong boss and the panel.

Watch the full transcript of the exchange below.

Carolyn Wilson: “Is there always a fear of a player who has never made it to the finals as a player against Gary Rohan? And how do you handle such a player this week?

Scott: “I don’t subscribe to that theory. I think every player is a little different and the art of coaching is trying to push the right buttons.

“Lloyd mentioned what we think most about him – two things. One, we think it’s a great foil for Hawkins and Cameron, a tough matchup with opponents giving them a lot of space. And his pressure elite.

“Having said that, I don’t buy that there is any pressure on him. I don’t think anyone who knows footy thinks ‘Gary Rohan needs to dominate for Geelong to win’. I saw those statistics –

Scott issued a fiery defense of Rohan.Source: FOX SPORTS

Wilson: “A player who doesn’t play well in the finals may be an unfair stigma, but it’s a stigma.”

Scott: “Yes, but you answered your own question, I don’t think we should acknowledge it if it isn’t fair.”

Lloyd: “One touchdown and five touchdowns (in the final), you have to contribute more than that.

Scott: “Hami did it (asking her not to cut his hand) in the prelims, Hami did it. Even the numbers you put there were pretty tight.

“It’s a good question if you ask me live on TV, because I’m a bit defensive of my players, and I wear that badge of honor. But I think it’s borderline silly for any of you to single out a player who isn’t in the top 15 in our squad and say ‘he’s the one under the most pressure’.

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