Another chapter of Hawthorn-Geelong rivalry is set to be written on Saturday night, but emerging midfielder Will Langford is more focused on the Hawks improving before the finals begin in just over a fortnight.

The premiers face the second-placed Cats at the MCG on the weekend, fresh from falling to Fremantle by 19 points at Patersons Stadium on Sunday.

The Hawks lost to Geelong, also by 19 points, when the teams met in round five, but beat the Cats for the first time since the 2008 grand final in last year's preliminary final, with the teams developing one of the competition's great rivalries over the past six years.

Langford was sent to quell the influence of Dockers star Nat Fyfe on Sunday and appeared to get under the midfielder's skin.

But the 22-year-old also won plenty of the ball himself.

Langford finished with a game-high 11 clearances, while 18 of his 24 possessions were contested.

"You can get caught up in the stats a bit," he said.

"It's more about the impact of your possessions.

"We will look at the tapes during the week and hopefully we can get better heading into next week, which will be a big game against the Cats."

Langford is likely to play on Geelong captain Joel Selwood. He said tracking Fyfe had served as a good learning experience.

"He's (Fyfe) been playing some tremendous footy," Langford said.

"I think everyone knows how good he is and you've got to respect that.

"Players that damaging are going to have an impact on the game, so it's just about minimising how much they get the footy."

Langford said the way the Hawks responded to the loss to the Dockers was important.

"We will continue to chip away at it and hopefully continue to improve heading into September," he said.

"It's just a big learning curve.

"You know what you're going to get when you play Fremantle.

"They're a very tough footy team and we just didn't do the things we wanted to do well enough.

"We just need to improve and as long as we keep building towards September, that will be what counts in the long run."

The West Australian

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