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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Giants round 10 preview: Bombers away

The GWS Giants will be looking to make it three straight wins when they take on the Essendon Bombers tonight, Friday 7 August at Metricon Stadium on the Gold Coast.

The Giants are coming off their most complete performance of the season against the Gold Coast Suns as they won their first inside 50 count of the season and played the match on their terms.

They have been forced into changes with Toby Greene and Matt de Boer out with hamstring injuries, while ruckman Sam Jacobs has been managed as the Giants are coming off a five-day break.

Shane Mumford replaces Jacobs in the ruck while former captain Callan Ward returns to the side and Xavier O’Halloran has been named to make his AFL debut.

O’Halloran was taken pick 22 in the 2018 AFL draft and is seen as a hard-running midfielder who can also play up forward.

With the Giants’ abundance of midfield talent, expect to see O’Halloran using his speed to create pressure in the forward line.

The Giants midfield was at their best against the Suns last round with seven players recording 20 disposals or more.

The major difference to their side last week was the inclusion of Zac Williams, who added a different element to the team with his willingness to take the game on using his pace.

Their opponents, the Bombers, will be desperate to bounce back after their 63-point loss to the Brisbane Lions last round that put a real dent in their final’s aspirations.

The Bombers were in the top four three weeks ago with many penciling them in for finals already, but two heavy defeats and a lucky escape against the winless Adelaide Crows has seen them slip to 10th on the ladder and in real danger of missing the finals.

John Worsfold has responded to his side’s poor form by making four changes.

Conor Mckenna, Kyle Langford, Matt Guelfi and Shaun McKernan have been named to replace Brayden Ham, Martin Gleeson and Ned Cahill who have all been dropped while ruckman Tom Bellchambers has been managed.

Full teams:

FB:Heath ShawPhil DavisAidan Corr
 Aaron FrancisMichael HurleyBrandon Zerk-Thatcher
HB:Nick HaynesLachlan KeefeZac Williams
 Jordan RidleyConor McKennaAdam Saad
C:Lachie WhitfieldStephen ConiglioHarry Perryman
 Tom CutlerDarcy ParishMatt Guelfi
HF:Josh KellyHarry HimmelbergBrent Daniels
 Will SnellingJacob TownsendDavid Zaharakis
FF:Jeremy FinlaysonJeremy CameronCallan Ward
 Anthony McDonald-TipungwutiShaun McKernanKyle Langford
RR:Shane MumfordTim TarantoJacob Hopper
 Sam DraperZach MerrettAndrew McGrath
Int:Jye CaldwellLachie AshZac Langdon
 Xavier O’Halloran  
Int:James StewartMason RedmanDevon Smith
 Dylan Shiel  

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