Giants continue best season start

ENDING their winless record against West Coast at Optus Stadium, the GWS Giants continued the best start to a season in their history, winning by a stunning 65 points.

The undefeated Giants held the Eagles goalless through the second and third quarters and went on an eight-goal run that broke the game open, eventually winning 16.12 (108) to 5.13 (43).
Tom Green (34 disposals and eight clearances), Stephen Coniglio (31 and six) and Josh Kelly (28 and seven inside 50s) were powerful in the middle and, with the help of dominant ruckman Kieran Briggs (34 hit-outs and 12 clearances), gave their team a 67-44 advantage in forward entries.
With star backman Sam Taylor racking up a massive 14 intercepts in defence, the Giants were also able to run in waves and punish the Eagles’ turnovers, with No.1 Draft pick Aaron Cadman capitalising with a game-high three goals.
By half-time they were 39 points clear and there were serious concerns for West Coast regarding the ruck dominance of Giants big man Briggs (23 hit-outs and six clearances to that point).
The Giants then turned the screw and opened up a 10-goal lead, with West Coast at least showing some fight in the final term, particularly around the contest.
Cleaning up fundamental errors will be a focus for the team, however, after much of the hard work in the midfield was undone forward of centre.
The Giants have a bye in Round 3 before taking on the Gold Coast Suns from 12.30pm on Sunday, April 7, in Adelaide Hills.