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Cat may be thrown among Hawks

GEELONG youngster Jordan Murdoch may get the chance to pick up from where he left off against Hawthorn in Friday night's preliminary final at the MCG.

Kicking three last-quarter goals, Murdoch  was the unlikely hero as the Cats recorded their 11th straight win over the Hawks in round 15 by 20 points.

The 18-gamer has been missing from the Cats' line-up since round 21, but after some good form in the VFL, is in line to replace suspended forward Paul Chapman.

"His speed and running power and penetration with his kicking is certainly a factor, and something that we're attracted to," coach Chris Scott told reporters yesterday. "He's going to be pressing very hard."

Chapman kicked four goals in the semi-final win over Port Adelaide, but begrudgingly accepted a one-match ban for a high bump on the Power's Robbie Gray.

"They have their rules and I suppose I broke them, but, you know, is the game getting softer?" he said.

Hawthorn, meanwhile, is expected to name Cyril Rioli for the clash with the livewire forward training well yesterday after rolling his ankle a month ago.

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