Greater Western Sydney are expected to react to a withering assessment of interim coach Mark McVay when the Giants take on Essendon.
The Giants (5-14, 82.5%) lost to crosstown rivals Sydney Swans last week. McVay calls out most of the team for not running.
Essendon (7-12, 89.8%) have had some impressive performances in the second half of the season and are set to retake Andrew McGrath and Darcy Parrish.
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As confirmed on Friday, Giants slugger Tim Tarrant was late to Lachy Ashe, while Tanner Brune (GWS) and Massimo D’Ambrosio (Essendon) were named medical subs.
Both clubs were involved in a pre-match brawl that included a heated exchange between Jake Stringer and Stephen Coniglio. I responded in the best possible way.
Both teams then battled again, getting off to a rocky start with a free kick from Stringer for the Giants’ second goal.
“As you can see, there’s definitely a bit of feeling,” Saints great Nick Dal Santo said on Fox Footy.
Western Bulldogs legend Brad Johnson said of the Bombers:
The Bombers then settled the game in a hotly contested first quarter, while Harry Perryman appeared to give Zach Merrett a runwith roll.
But the Giants continued to play ferociously after interim coach Mark McVay’s scathing criticism last week, including a brilliant snap goal to Josh Kelly, echoed heavily.
Essendon responded with back-to-back majors in the second half of the season, returning to a 5-point deficit.
The Giants had chances to advance further on the scoreboard later in the season, but were unable to convert their chances.
McVay’s team had a two-point lead at the first break of 2.3 (23) to 3.3 (21).
Both teams continued to battle tooth and nail in the second quarter in an exciting battle.
James Pietling was diagnosed with a concussion after rolling off the ground at the hands of his trainer after a violent collision with Giants forward Mason Redman.
Petling was then taken out of the game for Tanner Brune.
GWS kicked their first two goals of the season through Jesse Hogan and Toby Green to take a 15-point lead.
The home side took the lead in the second quarter, but Bruun made an immediate impact with a goal that extended the lead.
The match started at 2:10 PM AEST from GIANTS Stadium.
Watch live on Fox Footy (Channel 503) at 2:10 p.m. AEST.
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