Rival coaches Adam Simpson and Paul Roos have wanted their teams to disregard the scoreboard, but for completely different reasons.
Roos said after last weekend’s tight AFL loss to St Kilda that Melbourne tended to focus too much on the scoreline and not enough on what they needed to do.
That issue became irrelevant on Sunday at the MCG as West Coast tore the Demons apart by 93 points.
But Simpson also does not want his Eagles to be too pleased with themselves after beating the Western Bulldogs by 65 points and then overpowering Melbourne.
“We’re obviously happy with the scoreboard result, but we’re still not quite where we want to be with what we’ve been working on over summer,” Simpson said.
“I don’t want to sound disrespectful to Melbourne or the Bulldogs, but there are still things that we review that aren’t where we want to be.
“Maybe that’s just striving for perfection, but it’s not like we can’t play any better.
“We haven’t really been thrown in the deep end or tested yet – I’m sure that’s coming.”
Overall, Simpson said Sunday was a frustrating game.
Still, the Eagles appear much more like the side who were rated premiership chances at the start of last season, rather than the team who eventually dropped out of the top eight.
Roos rates West Coast as top-four contenders, or at least top six.
The only downside of Sunday’s win was a knee injury to defender Shannon Hurn.
Simpson expects him to miss two to three weeks.
Nic Naitanui was outstanding on Sunday, particularly early, and combined well with fellow ruckmen Dean Dox and Callum Sinclair.
“It (playing three ruckmen) is working pretty well,” Simpson said.
“It’s always a worry when you go a bit taller, that you’re going to be exposed in other areas.
“He (Naitanui) is having a really good impact and the other two guys … are performing well as well.”
West Coast have a six-day break before hosting St Kilda, who have also won their first two games.