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Undermanned flag favourites Hawthorn are bracing for another physical battle with AFL rivals North Melbourne. Cheap Jonathan Schoop Jersey.Recent meetings have generally been hostile, especially last year when Hawks Luke Hodge and Jordan Lewis both copped suspensions for striking.In addition to the obvious spite, both side will be under immense pressure at the MCG on Saturday.The Hawks, who revealed on Tuesday they will be without injured defender Ben Stratton for the rest of the regular season, risk slipping outside the top four if they lose.It would be an immense blow to the ladder leaders push for a fourth straight premiership.The Kangaroos, who dished up plenty of aggro in recent clashes with Collingwood and Western Bulldogs, need a victory to ensure their place in finals.They like to try and get under our skin, Lewis said.You expect that from North Melbourne, especially against us.They know weve got dangerous players up forward and they try and rattle them.It didnt work for them last time.We were ready for it last time and well be ready for it again.The Hawks recorded a nine-point win when the sides met in round 13 this year.You want to be in front on the scoreboard and thats what happened, Lewis said.James Sicily will miss the game because of suspension, while Cyril Rioli and Sam Mitchell were scrutinised by the match review panel following Hawthorns shock loss to Melbourne.Lewis backed the Hawks to keep their cool against North.Youre always wary of the fact if you do something silly that you do miss games, he said.Theyre in a situation where they need to win every game. So are we .. our percentage isnt great.It means its a high-pressure game. Its a finals-like game and theyre the games we really enjoy.Rioli escaped with a $1000 fine for his bump on Demons young gun Clayton Oliver.The reigning Norm Smith medallist also laid 12 tackles in the contest, with Lewis thoroughly impressed.Everyone sees the high-flying marks and miraculous goals but I think hes the best pressure player in the competition, he said.Lewis admitted losing Stratton, who has a torn pectoral muscle, was a major blow.Hes been a super player for a long time. Hes one of those defenders that can play tall and small, he said.Angus Litherland is likely to be called up in Strattons absence, while Paul Puopolo (hip), James Frawley (shoulder) and Liam Shiels (hammy) could return from injuries against North. 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An unfortunate gym mishap for Sam Gibson aside, the injury outlook at North Melbourne continues to improve ahead of a pivotal fortnight for the Kangaroos.Gibson is in doubt for Saturdays clash against Sydney after suffering a broken nose but the Roos could regain Scott Thompson, Ben Brown, Ben Jacobs, Sam Wright and even long-term absentee Shaun Higgins for the Hobart encounter.The eighth-placed Kangaroos need all the help they can get as look to stave off a late challenge from ninth-placed Melbourne with wins against the Swans and then Greater Western Sydney.Roos coach Brad Scott told reporters on Wednesday Gibson sustained a broken nose and a nasty gash to his face after he slipped and dropped a barbell on his head on Tuesday morning.Hes not ok, hes pretty sore at the moment, Scott said.He was sent to hospital just to rule out any other facial fractures, which hes clear of.Hes a bit uncomfortable but were still really optimistic hell be available to play this week.Gibson has played the past 105 games without a break - the longest active streak in the AFL.Higgins hasnt played at any level since knee surgery after round seven but Scott is confident the veteran is capable of slotting straight back into the senior side without a stint in the VFFL. 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In further good news for North, key forward Jarrad Waite is making better than expected progress in his recovery from hip surgery a fortnight ago and is a chance to return against the Giants at Etihad Stadium in round 23.The Demons can snatch eighth place from the Roos if they win their last two games - against Carlton and Geelong - and North lose against Sydney and GWS.But Scott is intent on improving his clubs position in the eight rather than holding off Paul Roos emerging side.Were not happy to finish eighth, he said.Once round 23 is done theres a week off before eight clubs get to launch an assault on the finals, thats what were looking at but were going to have to play some pretty good footy in the next two weeks to get that opportunity.Our view is that were looking to play our best footy to make an impact in September - its not about just getting there.Scott dismissed suggestions a decision on the playing future of AFL games record holder Brent Harvey would be made at a scheduled board meeting on Wednesday night, adding all personnel moves will be left until the end of the Roos 2016 campaign. 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