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Giants aren’t ‘downhill skiiers’ but weren’t up for the fight in Canberra

“We sit here and rave about Leon Cameron when they had that spike against Collingwood, put 50 points on them in the first quarter. But with three weeks to go, they weren’t invested,” King said on SEN.

Toby Greene was one of the few GWS Giants who could hold his head high after Friday night's defeat to Hawthorn.

Toby Greene was one of the few GWS Giants who could hold his head high after Friday night’s defeat to Hawthorn.Credit:AAP

“They weren’t in the game. The conditions had them. With three weeks to go, you shouldn’t be lacking motivation, but that’s the disappointing part . . . when the crunch moments have come, they’ve failed.”

Nicks admitted that GWS were “not quite ready” for the contest but denied that they were flat-track bullies, saying they have been up for the fight more often than not this year.

“So far this year we’re sitting number one for contested possession differential. It’s not something we shy away from,” Nicks said. “We enjoy a contest. That’s the way we play.

“Unfortunately, when we don’t get it right, it stands out, like it did on the weekend. Understandably, people are ready to jump on and let us know we’re downhill skiiers or whatever they want to call us.

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“There’s no hiding from the fact that when we don’t bring that style of footy, our game drops away. But that’s the same for a lot of teams in the competition.”

The impending returns of midfield duo Josh Kelly and Matt de Boer, plus forward Harry Himmelberg, should help the Giants as they look to recover for Sunday’s home clash with the Western Bulldogs.

“After coaching for a while, you get sick of saying you learn the most from your losses. But it’s definitely the case,” Nicks said. “That wasn’t us. It hasn’t been the way we’ve played throughout the year.”

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