The GWS Giants have continued their dominance over the Gold Coast Suns in a 26-point win in Carrara, despite the loss of star forward Toby Greene to injury.
- Toby Greene left the field with a hamstring injury during the first quarter
- The Giants have won their past nine matches against the Suns
- Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Cameron kicked two each for the Giants
Greene succumbed to a right hamstring injury in the opening term but the injury setback did not stop the Giants from claiming a 9.7 (61) to 4.11 (35) victory.
It was the Giants’ fifth victory of the season, making it nine wins from the past nine encounters with the Suns for Leon Cameron’s team.
Greene injured himself in a race for the ball with young Suns defender Connor Budarick late in the first quarter.
The 26-year-old came straight off the field and into the rooms, and did not return to the match after quarter-time.
Giants midfielder Matt de Boer also limped off late in the match with what looked like a hamstring injury.
Greene’s absence was no hindrance for the Giants who led from start to finish.
Tall forwards Harry Himmelberg and Jeremy Cameron kicked two each for the Giants, while Joshua Kelly and Lachie Whitfield each picked up a match-high 29 disposals.
The Suns were well below their best as they slumped to a fourth defeat from their past five matches to leave them outside the top eight.
Ben Ainsworth was one of the Suns’ best with nine marks and 14 disposals, kicking a fourth-quarter goal as well in his 50th AFL appearance.
The Suns are next in action when they host the in-form St Kilda in Carrara on Thursday night.
The Giants play Essendon at the same venue on Friday.