West Coast coach John Worsfold says his team is still rusty after completing its pre-season campaign with a six-point loss to 2012 strugglers Port Adelaide on Saturday night.
Worsfold declared there was still plenty of room for improvement for the Eagles ahead of their round-one derby clash with Fremantle, but added there was no need to panic.
The loss to Port Adelaide, 1.13.5 (92) to 1.11.11 (86), followed a 20-point defeat to Collingwood the previous weekend.
The Eagles won just one of their four NAB Cup matches.
Most of their big names were in action against Port, who caught West Coast napping in the second term, kicking five unanswered goals.
The Eagles fought back strongly and nearly pinched victory in the dying stages.
"We're still very rusty. There's no doubt about that," Worsfold said.
"But that rounds out our pre-season and we're still pretty happy with the workload we've got into the players.
"We think we're in good shape going into the season. We're not too fussed about some of the things that we saw because we think there's reasons for some of that.
"We've been pushing them very, very hard. That's still no excuse for fumbling the footy as much as we did and missing kicks as much as we did. But we don't think that takes much to rectify."
Key pair Daniel Kerr and Nic Naitanui are in a race against time to be fit for the derby and Sharrod Wellingham will miss the opening round because of an ankle injury.
Chris Masten withdrew from the game on Saturday night after complaining of tightness and Patrick McGinnity's night ended early because of soreness.
Jamie Cripps, recruited back to WA from St Kilda, made the most of their absence by collecting 15 possessions and five inside 50s playing across half-forward.
Worsfold said Cripps had been impressive throughout summer and was firmly in contention to play against the Dockers.
"We're pretty close (to knowing the round-one team)," Worsfold said. "We learnt a lot from tonight. There's obviously only 22 in round one so there's a few blokes from tonight that won't be selected. We've got to pick the best team.
"We're really pleased with Cripps and what he's shown.
"That doesn't guarantee him a spot in round one but it means we know what depth he adds and he could be playing in round one."
Key forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling were outstanding against Port Adelaide.
Kennedy kicked five goals and only inaccuracy stopped him from kicking a bigger bag.
Darling led the way with his attack on the ball and sparked the team into action with his intensity."We're still very rusty. There's no doubt about that. But that rounds out our pre-season "" *John Worsfold *
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