Kan­ga­roos for­ward kicks Gi­ants where it hurts the most

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - AFL - BLUND­STONE ARENA

GREATER Western Syd­ney coach Leon Cameron has called on his team’s lead­ers to stand up as the Gi­ants look to ar­rest a trou­bling form slump.

In­jury-plagued GWS fell to their third-straight loss yes­ter­day af­ter­noon at the hands of in-form North Mel­bourne in Ho­bart.

GWS were ahead at half­time but lost by 43 points af­ter five goals from Ben Brown in the third pe­riod cre­ated an in­sur­mount­able lead.

“Right now, we’re go­ing through a bad pe­riod,” Cameron said. “No doubt, you call on your lead­ers when­ever you’re strug­gling and clearly our last three weeks we’re strug­gling to play a brand of footy that’s ac­cepted.

“Our older play­ers in (Ryan) Grif­fen and (Heath) Shaw, they’ve got to be able to set the way for (Isaac) Cum­ming, (Ja­cob) Hop­per, (Harry) Per­ry­man and (Tim) Taranto. “It’s not hap­pen­ing enough. “It’s hap­pen­ing in patches and we’ve got to con­tinue to ex­plore and get to the bot­tom of it.”

GWS were miss­ing a host of play­ers, in­clud­ing co-cap­tain Phil Davis (con­cus­sion), and lost Sam Reid to a ham­string prob­lem mid­way through the match.

Davis, Josh Kelly (groin) and Brett Dele­dio (ham­string) are con­sid­ered pos­si­bil­i­ties to re­turn next week against Essendon.

The Gi­ants fell away in the fi­nal term as the Kan­ga­roos fin­ished with a wet sail at Blund­stone Arena.

Cameron also urged his charges to tighten their dis­ci­pline.

With the Gi­ants ahead in the sec­ond term, Rory Lobb had a set shot taken away when team­mate Jeremy Cameron bumped Jamie Macmil­lan to the ground off the ball.

“We’ll talk about it,” Cameron said of the ill-dis­ci­pline. “That’s not just Jeremy on his own. “Every player in this league goes through frus­tra­tion.

“Our guys have got to make sure that our dis­ci­pline lev­els are to AFL stan­dard be­cause you can’t give away easy ball like that.”

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