The Western Bulldogs are dominating the AFL, but the way they play may surprise you

A month and a half into the 2021 season, the AFL landscape is becoming clearer.

Surprise packets the Sydney Swans have come back to earth after their fast start. Winless North Melbourne have sunk perhaps even further than the gloomy pre-season forecasts predicted.

At the other end of the table, the unbeaten Western Bulldogs have joined the list of serious flag fancies.

The Dogs have burst out of the gates, running and grinding their opponents into the ground. With a rock-solid midfield rotation and a rising key forward, at face value they have all the hallmarks of a conventional premiership contender.

Scratch below the surface though, and you’ll find they’re defying convention too.

The ground game

It’s thought that to win games and…



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