Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra at 1:45pm AEST
LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R1, 2016, Melbourne 12.8 (80) d GWS Giants 10.18 (78) at the MCG
R23, 2015, Melbourne 15.13 (103) d GWS Giants 11.11 (77) at Etihad Stadium
R2, 2015, GWS Giants 15.11 (101) d Melbourne 8.8 (56) at Manuka Oval
R21, 2014, GWS Giants 15.8 (98) d Melbourne 3.16 (34) at the MCG
R3, 2014, GWS Giants 10.19 (79) d Melbourne 7.5 (47) at Spotless Stadium
Game notes: The Giants found a way to get past Fremantle last week for their first win since round 14 and while they weren’t exactly convincing, it was a valuable four points. They’ll need to find even more momentum to get past Melbourne, a side coming off a disappointing loss to 17th-ranked North Melbourne in Tasmania. GWS will relish the chance to get down to Canberra for a ‘home’ game, having won seven of its past eight matches at the venue, and the clash will show off some of the competition’s brightest young stars. Both sides are missing their key forwards with Jeremy Cameron (hamstring) and Jesse Hogan (collarbone) sidelined, but Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel and Lachie Whitfield will go head to head with Jack Viney, Clayton Oliver, Christian Petracca and former Giant Dom Tyson. Fans are in for a treat, and with so much on the line in terms of ladder positioning, it’s one of the most important matches of the season.
Thommo’s Tip: GWS by 9 points.
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