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Blue sorry for the Waite

St Kilda’s Jack Steven battles Carlton’s Jaryd Cachia at Etihad Stradium on Monday. Photo: Sebastian CostanzoJarrad Waite will return to the Blues’ team this weekend having vowed to remedy his poor disciplinary record, after missing Carlton’s surprise loss to St Kilda due to suspension. But the revolving door continues to turn with small forward Eddie Betts offered a three-match ban for a bump on St Kilda’s Nathan Wright on Monday night.
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Blues vice-captain Kade Simpson said Waite could have helped his team’s scoring against the Saints, with only four goals being kicked across the first three quarters before a late comeback reduced the final deficit to nine points.

”He’s an integral part of our team. I think our ball delivery to our forwards (against St Kilda) wasn’t great, but having Jarrad (might have been significant because) everyone knows he’s a great player. He’s obviously going to help every time he’s out there,” Simpson said on Tuesday, as the club held a recovery-based training session at its Visy Park headquarters.

Simpson confirmed he and his fellow leadership group members had approached Waite, who missed the first five matches of the season due to injury, and was then banned for one match after a round six clash with Melbourne’s Tom McDonald.

”We had a chat with Jarrad. He knows he did the wrong thing. When he comes back in this week he’s got a chance to make up for it. I know he’s really wanting to do that,” Simpson said.

”He knows he let the team down. He addressed the group, apologised and said it won’t happen again. We’ve got to take Jarrad at his word. Hopefully this week … he can bounce back and repay the boys.”

Simpson predicted Carlton’s review of Monday’s match at Etihad Stadium would compare its encouraging second half to the first half ”where we went wrong”.

”In the third quarter, we didn’t take our chances and in the last quarter we played some really good footy, but probably left it too late. If you give a team like St Kilda a six-goal break, you’re rarely going to pull them in,” he said.

”Being two guys down pretty early and then to run the game out the way we did was something we’ll take into next week, hopefully continue on that last-quarter form.”

The Blues suffered a double injury blow early in the match, with David Ellard and Chris Yarran sidelined with hamstring injuries. Simpson said the flow-on effect was significant.

”You probably play about another 10 per cent game time, which doesn’t sound like much, but it does take its toll, especially with rotations … being a big part of the game these days.”

With the Blues having to contend with a six-day break before facing Port Adelaide at home on Sunday, Simpson said they were due to have a ”pretty light week anyway”, but agreed other sore players such as Marc Murphy and defender Michael Jamison could be treated more cautiously.

Waite will bolster the Blues’ forward marking capabilities, which were hampered on Monday despite the presence of tall players Shaun Hampson and Matthew Kreuzer. For small forwards, however, they may struggle, with Yarran in doubt and Betts suspended.

Simpson was still optimistic Carlton would boast an effective forward line against Port.

”The reserves didn’t have a game this week, but I know Dylan Buckley has already come in this year and he’s obviously a chance. Jeffy (Garlett) is playing great footy. (Andrew) Carrazzo, Bryce Gibbs, there’s quite a few boys who can come back in, (along with) Jeremy Laidler who’s been playing up forward,” he said.

 
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