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Opposition Watch: GWS Giants

Michael Gosman  June 21, 2017 10:21 AM

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Our next opposition, the GWS Giants, head into Saturday’s match with fresh legs after enjoying a bye in Round 13.

The bye came at an opportune time for the Giants following a surprising and disappointing loss to Carlton in Round 12.

Positioned on top of the table heading into the match against the 17th placed Carlton, GWS trailed for most of the game in an enthralling encounter.

The lead changed hands several times in the fourth quarter but a late goal to Zac Fisher gave the Blues enough breathing space to hold on for a shock victory.

Lachie Whitfield, Dylan Shiel and Josh Kelly all had strong games for the Giants, while Toby Greene had a match he would rather forget, kicking five behinds and botching a late scoring opportunity that could have won the game for the Giants.  

Head Coach Leon Cameron was disappointed with his team’s inability to execute at crucial points.

"We had a chance in the last minute or two, but I think that summed up our day though. Normally we probably make some better decisions in that situation and we didn't,” Cameron said.  

“So credit to them, they came with a clear plan and played a better brand of footy than us.

“There were some key indicators that pointed to us winning the game, but at the end of the day I think the real crucial moments they handled a little bit better than what we did."

Since joining the AFL in 2012, the Giants have never won a match after a bye during the regular season, with a big loss to Collingwood in Round 16 last year their most recent post-bye defeat. 

Heath Shaw will play his 250th match for the Giants on Saturday, with the star defender keen to improve on his track record of only one win in his four milestone matches so far.

Injury List

The Giants have been hit hard by injuries all season and will again be sweating on the fitness of some of their players heading into Saturday’s match.

Star midfielder Josh Kelly will undergo a fitness test later this week as he struggles with a troublesome hip.

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Defender Nick Haynes, forward Rory Lobb and midfielder Will Setterfield will also face fitness tests and are a chance to play on Saturday.

Devon Smith (knee), Stephen Coniglio (ankle), Ryan Griffen (ankle), Brett Deledio (calf), Jake Stein (groin), Jacob Hopper (ankle) and Lachie Tiziani (knee) are all currently in the rehab group and remain a few weeks away from returning to the field.

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