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Live AFL Scores 2024, Western Bulldogs vs Hawthorn Hawks, Round 8 Updates, Stats, Blog, Start Time, Teams, How to Stream, News

Hawthorn coach Sam Mitchell says he will not change his coaching style after last week’s spray as his side look to claim a second win when they face the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Hawks (1-6, 69.9%) sit second-to-last on the ladder as they commit to a long-term rebuild.

And they face a Western Bulldogs (3-4, 114.7%) team determined to change their own form with just one win in their past four games.

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Both sides will unveil debutants with Charlie Clarke (Bulldogs) and Calsher Dear (Hawks) both named after their first games.

The Dogs will also be boosted by the return of dynamic duo Tom Liberatore and Jamarra Ugle-Hagan, who missed last week’s defeat to Fremantle.

The match kicks off at 4pm AEST from Marvel Stadium.

Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 504), streaming on Kayo and via Hubbl from 4pm AEST.

MATCH UPDATES

Oskar Baker (WB) and Nick Watson (HAW) are today’s starting substitutes. There were no late changes.

The Bulldogs barked early, scoring the first two goals within the first minute of play of the match.

“They’ve got stars in their eyes, the Hawks,” exclaimed Fox Footy commentator Matt Hill after Tim English booted the Bulldogs’ second.

“You’ve got to show him more respect,” said four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis after Marcus Bontempelli scored a long-range major – the Dogs’ third on the trot.

“I mean, Will Day, you have to understand who you’re playing and what he can do. As soon as you take a step in, he’ll take a step out and he’s so dangerous.

“You have to take more responsibility in midfield, especially when you get beaten like them.”

However, the Hawks calmed down through goals from Jack Gunston and Lloyd Meek. Halfway through the first term they trailed by five points.

“Sicily’s shoulder popped out,” Lewis noted. “That was a huge match… he’s in bad, very bad shape.”

Fox Footy’s Sarah Jones reported from the borders of Marvel Stadium: ‘He’s going straight into the rooms. Nick Watson, the sub, is warming up and preparing to be activated into the game.

However, in a surprising twist, Hawthorn’s medical staff were able to correct the problem.

“Big news from the boundary line: James Sicily’s shoulder has gone back in and the Hawks are trying to warm him up again with the intention of getting him back out,” Jones said later.

Calsher Dear, son of late Hawks champion Paul Dear, scored his first AFL goal and the celebrations were worth the wait.

The Dogs took a five-point lead into the quarter break.

“Big news for Hawthorn, with skipper James Sicily back in the middle – he has his right shoulder badly strapped after an awkward landing,” Jones told Fox Footy at the first change.

“He was taken off the ground in a lot of pain, went straight to the rooms, where he was assessed by doctors – they were able to put that shoulder back into place (and) tape it up.

“He will resume his position in the Hawks backline – important news for Hawthorn.”

Jai Newcombe scored the first goal of the second term to put the Hawks back ahead by a point.

Follow Western Bulldogs v Hawthorn in our live blog below!