Worsfold happy with LeCras' return to game in first NAB Cup

West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold.
West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold. Paul Kane / Getty Images

IT might have been insignificant to most in the scheme of things but a goal from the boundary in the first NAB Cup game of the season from Marc LeCras was just the tonic West Coast Eagles coach John Worsfold needed ahead of the new AFL season.

LeCras, who ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee 12 months ago and has not played since September 2011, returned in style against the Cats at Patersons Stadium before being rested for the Eagles' second shortened match against Fremantle.

"I'm rapt. I think he's rapt. He was keen to get it all going again,"Worsfold said.

"His pre-season has been outstanding so it's good to know he's up and going again."

"He had a smile on his face after the game, so I'd say he's pulled up well."

There was disappointment for the Eagles coach as his team conceded three late goals to Geelong, including a supergoal from Joel Selwood with 17 seconds remaining, in the first of two games on Saturday night.

The West Coast lost that game 1.6.2.47 to 1.6.4.49 but rebounded with a convincing 24-point success over local rival Fremantle in the other match at Patersons Stadium to leave Worsfold more than satisfied with the night's work.

"It was an excellent hit-out. For some of the guys it was over pretty quick, for those who only played one game, it's pretty short," he said.

Worsfold also said he was happy with the impact of new recruit Sharrod Wellingham, who had eight touches against the Dockers, along with ruckman Scott Lycett, who could play a bigger role this season with concerns over Nic Naitanui's fitness.

There was some concern for the Dockers with an injury to Chris Mayne souring their win over the Cats.

The Dockers forward looked in serious trouble when he got his leg trapped under an opposing player's body in a game they won by 18 points.

But Lyon said he expected Mayne to recover quickly.

"Chris Mayne didn't look good. I felt a bit sick in the box," Lyon admitted.

"But we're pretty confident it's a ligament (injury) in the ankle and he'll be running within seven days but we need to check that off with a scan."

Fremantle's next NAB Cup game is away to Adelaide and Lyon said the likes of David Mundy, Nat Fyfe, Ryan Crowley and Zac Clarke, who all missed Saturday's matches, would play.



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