Bryce Gibbs will face his old club, Carlton, for the first time on Saturday. Picture: Sam Wundke/AAP Gibbs: Injuries are not ideal
Bryce Gibbs will face his old club, Carlton, for the first time on Saturday. Picture: Sam Wundke/AAP Gibbs: Injuries are not ideal

Betts: Blues will come after Gibbs

ADELAIDE star forward Eddie Betts has warned fellow ex-Carlton player Bryce Gibbs to expect some heavy banter when they face their old club on Saturday.

The Blues will play Adelaide for the first time at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night and both Betts and Sam Jacobs - former Carlton players who have faced their old club before - have predicted Gibbs will be tested by his former teammates.

"(I've spoken to Bryce) a little bit," Betts, who is expected to return to the side after two weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring complaint, said on Adelaide radio station FIVEaa.

"Not as much though because Bryce is experienced enough to go out there and play the game.

"(But) I told him he'll be a bit nervous.

"Obviously me and 'Sauce' (Jacobs) have done it before, come up against our old side.

"You're coming up and playing against your best mates.

"These guys will all be at Bryce's wedding later this year.

"They're going to come for him.

"I don think that'll play in his head. Bryce is the type of character that will let it go and continue on paying footy."

Betts on Thursday recalled how he had been targeted by former teammate Michael Jamison after he first made the move to the Crows.

"When I first faced Carlton I knew they were going to come and get stuck into me, which they did," he said.

"Michael Jamison actually got stuck into me, saying, 'You're not as good over there.'

"But I've spoken to 'Jamo' (since then) and we still are pretty close. It's just footy."

Betts said it would also be weird coming up against former Crows forward line coach David Teague who crossed back to his former club Carlton during the off-season.

"He knows our weaknesses and our strengths," Betts said.

 

Eddie Betts and Bryce Gibbs during the Carlton days.
Eddie Betts and Bryce Gibbs during the Carlton days.

He said the Crows wouldn't be treating the Blues lightly despite their winless start to the season.

"We've just got to go out and play our role. When we played Collingwood you could just tell everyone wasn't switched on. Being on the sidelines for the last two weeks and watching the boys play against Sydney and the Gold Coast, from the first bounce they were switched on.

"The pressure was up, there was high intensity and we got it going forward on the scoreboard. That's what we have to do early. Just play our brand, a pressing game in their face and hopefully they will turn it over."



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