GWS Giants beat Gold Coast Suns but lose Toby Greene to injury

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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.

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.

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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.

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