Giants home in on top-four finish

12 August 2017 06:09:12 EST

Greater Western Sydney are close to locking away a home qualifying final after their 48-point win over Western Bulldogs.

The Giants boosted their top-four hopes at Etihad Stadium while leaving the reigning premiers in danger of missing out on the finals this time.

Our turn came in the third and we really took advantage of that, that was why I was proud of the guys.

Leon Cameron

Western Bulldogs started the round in seventh spot but their percentage took a hit in the 16.9 (105) to 7.15 (57) defeat and they face a battle to secure a top-eight finish.

With just two rounds left, they have left themselves vulnerable to dropping behind the likes of Essendon, West Coast, Melbourne and St Kilda.

GWS weren't pleased about another run-in for star forward Toby Greene, on his return to action after a two-week ban for striking.

Greene faces a nervous few days, having been reported for rough conduct for his boot to the face of Luke Dahlhaus when receiving a handball in the third term.

The All Australian, who could face a third suspension of the season, was still one of his team's most valuable players against the Bulldogs with 16 disposals and two goals.

Dylan Shiel had 30 touches in midfield, Josh Kelly had another good night out with 25 disposals and two goals, and Jonathon Patton booted four goals.

Coach Leon Cameron was pleased to see his team respond after being under the pump in the second quarter, when the Bulldogs kicked 3.6.

"Clearly the Dogs dominated the second quarter and probably should have hit the scoreboard more but for us to keep hanging in there, and hanging in there and finding ways that were working for us was great," said Cameron.

"Our turn came in the third and we really took advantage of that, that was why I was proud of the guys."

GWS are 2/11 to win their next game against West Coast, who are 83/20.

The Giants are 93/100 conceding a 23.5-points start.

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