Bulldogs fall short
THE Western Bulldogs shaky premiership defence received another massive blow last night after being humbled by the GWS Giants 16.9.105- 7.15.57 at Etihad Stadium.
Four straight wins had got the Bulldogs finals hopes back on track but they misfired badly last night and managed just one goal for the entire second half.
The Bulldogs’ problems will continue off the field with Toby Greene reported for making contact to Luke Dahlhaus’ face with his boot.
Giants tall forward Jonathon Patton asserted his physical presence inside 50 early on in the opening quarter, booting three goals.
Travis Cloke and Jake Stringer were quiet for the Bulldogs as the Giants capitalised to lead by ten after at the first break.
The Dogs dominated the second stanza to wrench the game back to their favour and veteran Bob Murphy claimed a goal.
Greene hit the scoreboard and his heavy influence helped the 2016 premiers to close the gap to just four points at the long break.
Dahlhaus headed straight for the rooms, bleeding from the mouth, but the Giants had all of the play following the controversial incident and flexed their muscle to be well in control for the remainder of the match.