Two Gi­ants hurt in huge win over Suns

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

GREATER Western Sydney’s in­jury-cursed AFL sea­son has con­tin­ued, but Rory Lobb and Daniel Lloyd’s set­backs have failed to stop the Gi­ants crush­ing Gold Coast by a record 108 points at Spot­less Sta­dium.

Lobb was taken to hos­pi­tal for scans af­ter a nasty blow to his ribs in the sec­ond quar­ter, while Lloyd hurt his knee, also in the sec­ond term.

Key for­ward Jeremy Cameron booted six goals yes­ter­day, with Cal­lan Ward and Josh Kelly both mag­nif­i­cent in the en­gine room for the hosts.

GWS was in­ac­cu­rate early, kick­ing two goals from nine shots in the first term, but busted the game open.

It is the Gi­ants’ big­gest win over any op­po­si­tion, bet­ter­ing last year’s 102-point belt­ing of the Suns.

GWS, des­per­ately out of form and down on con­fi­dence in May dur­ing a four-match los­ing streak, sit ninth on the lad­der af­ter back­ing up their break­through win over Ade­laide in style.

The Suns trailed by 44 points at half­time and con­tin­ued to fold meekly de­spite Lobb and Lloyd play­ing no part in the sec­ond half.

Gun mid­fielder Dy­lan Shiel was also helped off the field late in the sec­ond term af­ter rolling his an­kle, but he re­turned to help GWS smack the vis­i­tors.

The Gi­ants next have a bye. It has come at a good time for Lobb and Lloyd, although both men might be set for long stints on the side­lines.

The ab­sence of Lobb, who has been asked to step up as the club’s pre­mier ruck­man af­ter Shane Mum­ford’s re­tire­ment, will be hard to cover. Gold Coast big man Jar­rod Witts helped him­self to 64 hitouts.

The club’s depth is al­ready be­ing tested by the in­juryen­forced ab­sence of stars Brett Dele­dio (calf), Toby Greene (foot), Tom Scully (an­kle) and Zac Wil­liams (achilles).

GWS have a long way to go if they’re to live up to the man­tle of premier­ship con­tenders, be­stowed on Leon Cameron’s side dur­ing the off-sea­son af­ter pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal de­feats in 2016 and 2017.

But there was a lot to like for Cameron, who con­tin­ued to coach from the bound­ary.

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