WHERE AND WHEN: SCG, Saturday, September 8, 4.20pm
The second Sydney derby final will be another massive occasion, this time at the SCG, and the Swans will be buoyed by being on their home deck. Thanks to the pre-finals bye week, both teams will be boosted by some stars returning from injury – it’s just a question of how many each side can get back. The Giants lost a close one to Sydney in round 22 at Spotless Stadium and after finishing the season poorly against Melbourne, the momentum they had built in the second half of the season might be tough to recover. The Swans also lost heading into the elimination final, but they were brave against Hawthorn, without Lance Franklin and Luke Parker, and weren’t far away from causing an upset. The rivalry is very real between these two sides, and with the loser done for 2018, the intensity of this match-up could see it become a fiery encounter from the opening bounce.
Round three: Sydney 16.7 (103) d Giants 12.15 (87) at the SCG
The Giants had more clearances, inside 50s, tackles and contested possessions, but wasted too many chances in front of goal. Phil Davis kept Lance Franklin goalless until late in the final term when the Swan booted two quick ones to seal the game.
Round 22: Sydney 11.14 (80) d Giants 8.12 (60) at Spotless Stadium
The Davis-Franklin match-up was pivotal again, with the GWS co-captain well on top until he was injured in the second term. Franklin kicked four of his five goals once Davis had been shifted forward, as the Swans ran over the top of the home side.
LAST FIVE TIMES
R22, 2018, Sydney 11.14 (80) d Giants 8.12 (60) at Spotless Stadium
R3, 2018, Sydney 16.7 (103) d Giants 12.15 (87) at the SCG
R17, 2017, Sydney 14.12 (96) d Giants 12.11 (83) at Spotless Stadium
R5, 2017, Giants 15.15 (105) d Sydney 9.9 (63) at the SCG
QF1, 2016, Giants 12.19 (91) d Sydney 7.13 (55) at ANZ Stadium
Thommo’s Tip: Sydney by 16 points.
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