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AFL Live – GWS Giants v Richmond

That’s all for tonight guys; thanks for following.

The Giants scrape away with another win and have played six of the best teams in the first eight weeks. They’ll be hoping their draw opens up from here, although there are no certainties this week.

The Tigers really need some more of their experienced players back – they’ve got a really tough draw over the next month, starting with the Bulldogs next Wednesday off a five-day break.

Thanks for tuning in, signing off, Damien Ractliffe. Good night.

Leon Cameron comments:

On the win: “To beat Richmond anytime is a really good win. Our No.1 focus was our defensive pressure and I thought that was the pleasing part of the game, for longer than we’ve been showing in recent weeks. Our tackle count was better, we hunted the opposition better. We turned it over a fair bit so we need to get our skills right. But it’s great to beat Richmond anytime because they’re such a good team and it’s good to win at home again because we’re on the road for the next four or five weeks.”

On whether the Giants did better to keep the ball in their forward line this week: “Probably after half-time I thought we did it better. The second quarter we lost our way. I think it was 14-5 [inside 50s]; disappointing. But definitely after half-time, we got it down there, we had some repeat entries. But then we went away from hitting the top of the square at times when we needed to, tried to pick of some shorts [kicks] when we didn’t need to. We’ve had a couple of six-day breaks where we haven’t been able to work on parts of our game, which has been frustrating, but we’ve got an eight-day break into Gold Coast.”

On Greene’s importance to the side: “Clearly he’s ain important player for us. He causes instability for the opposition defensive because of his instinct and competitiveness.He’s a special player but what we do love is he hates getting beaten. He never gives up; that’s his greatest trait and players love playing with him. It was a fantastic performance.

On whether Greene is in the same conversation as Dusty as best player in the comp: “You’re talking about some elite talent. He [Martin] was starting to hurt us after half-time. He’s so clever, Martin; he does it forward, then he creeps into the midfield and then he goes back forward so he’s hard to mark up.”

Damien Hardwick comments:

On the performance: “I thought our system held up well. We had periods of complete dominance and we failed to execute on the scoreboard. I think we had 12 inside-50s to one (in the second term) and they went forward and scored. We probably lacked polish inside 50. We took some positives out of it. We would have loved to win the game but GWS were too good tonight.

On the connection forward: “We just couldn’t capitalise at ground level. At various stages we could have lowered our eyes but the polish was missing tonight. That last kick inside 50 is no doubt the hardest kick in footy; we just didn’t pull it off tonight. You’ve just got to take your chances at stages and we didn’t do that tonight.”

On lacking experience in the midfield: “We expect players to step up and we just couldn’t get that right tonight. It is tough; with the inexperienced mifield we have at the moment, you probably need some help. We were probably a little bit disappointed in the midfield tonight. We’ve got some work to do.”

On Toby Greene: “He’s a star; there’s no doubt. We always knew he was a good player; once again he bobs up in the right places. He’s a pleasure to watch and you only have to see how highly-regarded he is in AFL circles. He’s a superstar of the AFL system.

On finding form: “We’re certainly not playing our best footy; we can play better I think. We’ve just got to hang tough, get some wins on the board and continue to move forward. There’s no doubt the side that’s the hottest (at the end of the year) rolls in and wins. We’re confident that if we’ve got our talent available, if we’ve got our system and game plan executing it well, we’re going to be hard to beat.”

Hard to go past Toby Greene for best-on tonight. He kicked five goals and was the difference tonight.

Dusty gets two votes from me. He was huge in that second half and nearly single-handedly willed the Tigers over the line with 23 disposals, nine clearances and a goal.

And I’ll give one vote to Josh Kelly. He had 26 disposals and seven clearances; he was massive around the stoppages tonight.

The blog still has a little to go: we’ll bring you the main comments from both Leon Cameron and Damien Hardwick’s press conferences.

Stay with us.

The Giants have now got through half a dozen of the best teams in the comp: they’ve beaten Geelong, Collingwood and Richmond and have lost to the Dogs, Port Adelaide and Brisbane.

Up next for them is the Suns, at Metricon Stadium. It won’t be easy but they’ve shown their best is good enough.

Richmond plays the Bulldogs next Wednesday night, off a five-day break, on the Gold Coast. That’s a huge game. The Dogs are third on the ladder and have found some form. Then the Tigers play Brisbane, Port Adelaide and the Suns. It will be a defining month.

The Giants move to 4-4 with the win. They’ll remain in the bottom half of the table this round however; their percentage is just 99.8.

Meanwhile, Richmond remain in fifth with 4.5 wins (18 points) from eight rounds. Their percentage is somewhat insignificant due to the draw with Collingwood. The Pies boast a percentage of 144.6 to Richmond’s 109.7.

Geelong, St Kilda, West Coast and Essendon will each jump Richmond if they can win this week.

The Giants turn around their form with a 12-point win at home over GWS.

Dustin Martin tried his best tonight with nine clearances, but the Tigers really needed two of him. It was evident they were missing some class, with Cotchin, Prestia, Edwards, Houli and Astbury on the sidelines.

Toby Greene kicked five and was the difference. Josh Kelly and Lachie Whitfield had 26 touches each.

The Tigers really missed opportunities in the second term to punish the Giants. The final inside-50 count was 46-31 in the Tigers’ favour. Two goals late in the second term against the momentum proved critical for the Giants.

Just seconds left on the clock, but the Giants have simply finished better in front of goal tonight.

Toby Greene has been the difference with five goals, a couple of them very difficult set shots that he’s made look easy.

At the other end, the Tigers have kicked 6.14.

Just 19 seconds left… Giants lead by 12.

Daniel Rioli needs to goal this; he’s won a front-on contact free kick inside 50.

Just over three minutes to play… Rioli comes in… and sprays it right.

Giants 9.8 (62), Tigers 6.14 (50)

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