Where and when: SCG, Saturday April 27, 7.25pm AEST
Last time they met: SCG, elimination final, 2018: Giants 10.19 (79) defeated Swans 4.6 (30)
Led by Toby Greene’s 27 possessions and three goals, a dominant midfield and co-captain Phil Davis, who held Lance Franklin to just eight possessions, the Giants ended the home side’s season with a smashing at the SCG.
What it means for Sydney: At 1-4 the Swans’ season is on the line. They have issues to fix in all areas of the ground and don’t appear to have any solutions to deal with their problems.
What it means for GWS: The Giants let themselves down again Fremantle last week when the game was on the line at the last change and must rebound strongly with positions on the ladder so tight.
How Sydney wins: With Phil Davis expected to miss the clash, Franklin simply has to have a massive influence. He looks the only Swan capable of heavily impacting the scoreboard, but he also brings the rest of his forwards into the game.
How GWS wins: The midfield had an off day against the Dockers, but they’ll give the home side all sorts of trouble if stars like Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio and Lachie Whitfield can run and spread at the SCG.
The stat: In last year’s disastrous final at the SCG the Swans had just 38 inside-50s, and even Franklin can’t boot his team to victory with that amount of ball. The Swans’ inside mids must win their battle.
The match-up: Dane Rampe v Jeremy Cameron
The star Giant leads the Coleman Medal race with 21 goals from five games, and even though he was quiet last week, the man ranked 101st in the Official AFL Player Ratings still managed to boot four against the Dockers. Rampe (227th) has been a shining light for Sydney this year and must maintain his form by shutting down Cameron as he has done regularly over the years.
It’s a big week for: Sam Reid
The tall forward has barely had an impact with just four goals from five games this season and must lift his influence inside 50 to give the Swans a target. If Reid can find some touch, he’ll be a big asset to Franklin and the team.
Big call: Young Giant Brent Daniels has done a power of work inside 50 this season but is yet to have a solid impact on the scoreboard. If he maintains his attack on the ball and the opposition this week, he’ll get some reward and double his career-best haul of two majors.
Thommo’s Tip: Giants by 35 points
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