AFL: GWS will enjoy their bye next week and they’ll do so sitting in the top four. Having missed a week with a foot complaint Steve Johnson was chomping at the bit in the first term.
HIS team is fourth going into a bye round and faces just two top-eight teams in its run home, but Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron warns the Giants are heading into dangerous territory.
With 10 wins from 14 games, the Giants head into their break as well placed as they’ve ever been.
With a home clash against Collingwood on Saturday week, Cameron said complacency was the enemy.
“We aren’t good enough to flirt with our form,” he said.
“We have to stay hungry. Our game is based on contested possession and either winning or halving stoppages. If we can’t do that we get beaten.
“To do that we need an enormous amount of energy and grunt and willingness to compete. If we don’t give ourselves a chance in that area we’re vulnerable.”
The back half of seasons have been a nightmare for GWS. It has won just one game in the second half of both 2012 and 2013, and four in 2014 and 2015.
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This year the Giants are 3-0 after the halfway mark and in great shape for a top-four finish.
Phil Davis (calf) and Matt Buntine (hamstring) will have scans on Monday to determine their immediate futures.
While Buntine’s early exit from Saturday’s match against Carlton was precautionary, Davis is likely to miss the Magpies match.
Hot competition for spots will aid Cameron’s fight against complacency, with defenders Caleb Marchbank and Tim Mohr and midfielder Will Hoskin-Elliott set to return after the break.
Devon Smith is looking to play his first football since Round 5 after knee surgery.
“Devon has had a half- game — whether he needs a full game before he plays senior football we’ll assess that over the next week or so,” Cameron said.
Cameron will continue to move forwards Rory Lobb, Jon Patton and Jeremy Cameron into other positions.
Lobb spent time on the wing and Patton went into defence after Davis went off.
“Players all can’t dominate in one position,” Cameron said.