The turbo-charged Giants bullied the Dogs last year but this time their attack at the man backfired, costing them vital goals in a low-scoring game.
Josh Dunkley and Tom Liberatore were the beneficiaries, the latter incident sparking an all-in at the end of the third term that is likely to cost players thousands of dollars.
The Giants also conceded goals through what Cameron described as “heartbreaking howlers” by Sam Taylor, who dropped an uncontested mark, and Heath Shaw, who handballed straight to an unguarded Ed Richards in the goal square.
“The aggression’s there but we need to make sure we do it in the right way,” Cameron said. “Free kick count was -10 again. You’re handing the ball back to the opposition 10 times, you’re giving them 10 free hits. We have to be better at that.
“That means we’re second to the footy. We need to make sure that we’re hunting after the opposition to get the ball back a bit better. We need to hunt the ball a bit better ourselves.”
Cameron said he would discuss the issue of discipline with his players.
“Equally also you want to play the game in the right manner and the right spirit and it’s a fine line that every player from every club runs,” Cameron said.
“We’ll address it like a number of other areas and if it makes us a better team because we might have overstepped the mark, then absolutely.”
Dogs coach Luke Beveridge was pleased with his team’s physicality, the tone of which was set before the first bounce when Marcus Bontempelli sparked a scuffle with tagger Matt de Boer.
Bontempelli was targeted last year by the Giants, angry at his late hit on Nick Haynes which left the Giants defender with a fractured larynx.
Bizarrely, the Giants sent Haynes to toss the coin with Bontempelli. Usually, either the captain or a player in a milestone game performs the duty.
“I think the boys felt like they let him down last year. And they let him down last year. And they wanted to make amends and there’s a handful in the team tonight that didn’t play in that game,” Beveridge said.
“So they were proactive. And we will need to be every week.”
Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald