Eagles won t give up on September: Hurn
Shannon Hurn. Pic: Getty Images

Shannon Hurn says West Coast won't give up on their finals chances while making September is still mathematically possible.

The club's tense 12-point win over Brisbane at the Gabba on Saturday night, combined with Gold Coast and Collingwood losing on the weekend, has left the Eagles only two wins outside of the top eight.

Four of their remaining six matches are against teams immediately above them on the ladder in Essendon, Collingwood, Gold Coast and Adelaide.

Hurn said 11th-placed West Coast had not yet conceded they would miss finals this year.

"Mathematically when you're still a chance, everybody still wants to play finals," he said.

"We do realise where we sit and it's going to be hard, but we certainly don't give up.

"We haven't spoken about it as a team, but it will be (the challenge), definitely, because I think we've got Adelaide, Essendon, Gold Coast and Collingwood.

"They're above us, so if we can win all those games plus a couple of others we'll probably sneak in."

Hurn said the team had to play "tough enough for long enough" to get wins over the calibre of sides lying in wait during their run home.

The club has a bye this weekend before hosting a resurgent Richmond at Patersons Stadium on Friday week in another tussle that will be hard to predict.

"That's probably been the thing this year, that when we're going all right we play some pretty good football, but then we'll have a period where we just for whatever reason, we either switch off a little bit or the opposition raises their game and we can't quite handle that at the moment," Hurn said.

"The good sides really do that well. That's what we've been working at through training, doing a few simulations. I think that's improved, but certainly to get better and to be a better side we have to get better at that."

The West Australian

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