Fremantle Dockers coach Justin Longmuir praises tight-knit defense in win over North Melbourne

Fremantle’s famed defense has risen to another level as they strangled North Melbourne on the way to a 78-point win at Optus Stadium to continue their dominant start to the season.

The Dockers entered the game as the second best defensive unit in the AFL and the Kangaroos struggled to even score during the 15.12 (102) to 3.6 (24) demolition. Excluding 2020 when game time was reduced, it was the second-lowest score Fremantle has ever conceded.

Fremantle had 67 inside 50s and held the Roos to only 32. It was only the 12th time North Melbourne has been restricted to 24 points or less since joining the VFL in 1925.

“It’s 18 players on the field buying in,” coach Justin Longmuir said.

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