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West Coast Eagles vs GWS Giants: AFL live scores, blog

8th July, 2018

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West Coast Eagles vs. GWS Giants

Optus Stadium
AFL Home and Away July 8, 2018
West Coast Eagles 86, GWS Giants 75
West Coast Eagles GWS Giants
 G B Pts G B Pts
Q1128   2214
Q26339   3826
Q310363   71254
Q413886   101575
Where: Optus Stadium
When: 4:40pm AEST
TV: 7Mate, FOX Footy
Betting: West Coast $1.54, GWS $2.50

West Coast
B: Shannon Hurn, Will Schofield, Brad Sheppard
HB: Thomas Cole, Jeremy McGovern, Lewis Jetta
C: Liam Duggan, Elliot Yeo, Chris Masten
HF: Jack Redden, Nathan Vardy, Mark Hutchings
F: Jamie Cripps, Scott Lycett, Willie Rioli
FOL: Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey, Andrew Gaff
I/C: Oscar Allen, Daniel Venables, Brayden Ainsworth, Brendon Ah Chee

GWS Giants
B: Sam Taylor, Phil Davis, Heath Shaw
HB: Ryan Griffen, Aidan Corr, Adam Tomlinson
C: Lachie Whitfield, Dylan Shiel, Jeremy Finlayson
HF: Zac Langdon, Rory Lobb, Matt de Boer
F: Sam J Reid, Harry Himmelberg, Callan Ward
FOL: Dawson Simpson, Josh Kelly, Stephen Coniglio
I/C: Tim Taranto, Harry Perryman, Brent Daniels, Nick Haynes
The Eagles host the Pies in AFL finals action. (AAP Image/David Mariuz)
Roar Guru
8th July, 2018
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Match result:

The West Coast Eagles have kept their top four hopes well and truly alive with close win over the GWS Giants at Optus Stadium.

Final score
West Coast Eagles 13.8.86
GWS Giants 10.15.75

Match preview:

The West Coast Eagles will host the GWS Giants at Optus Stadium on Sunday, a win for the Eagles will keep them in the top four, but the Giants need a win to stay in the top eight. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4:40pm AEST.

The Eagles suffered their third consecutive loss last Saturday to the Adelaide Crows, run over in a last quarter blitz where the Crows scored five unanswered goals to start the final term.

Jeremy McGovern started the afternoon in the forward line, with coach Adam Simpson looking for forward presence without tall’s Jack Darling and Josh Kennedy.

However, in the rush of the Crows finish McGovern was pushed back into defence and West Coast’s scoring woes continued.

GWS held on for a win over Hawthorn last Saturday night and jumped into the top eight.

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Without Jeremy Cameron due to suspension, Rory Lobb came in and had immediate impact, while their elite midfield dominated the Hawks around the ground.

Both teams will bring in a debutant for this clash; West Coast blooding first-year key defender Oscar Allen and GWS bringing in small forward Brent Daniels.

Forwards Daniel Venables and Nathan Vardy join the 2017 number 21 draft pick, Oscar Allen, in West Coast’s side to face the Giants.

Fraser McInnes, Jake Waterman and Liam Ryan have been omitted; Ryan will miss due to personal circumstances after the flying small forward was involved in a car accident on Monday morning.

Along with last year’s pick 27 Brent Daniels, defender Harry Perryman has been recalled for his sixth game in the Giants’ senior side after strong NEAFL performances.

In devastating news though, Jonathon Patton suffered an ACL injury to his left knee on Thursday after landing awkwardly at training. This is Patton’s third ACL after two reconstructions on his right knee in 2013 and 2014.

Jacob Hopper is out with calf tightness this week but should be available to face Richmond at Spotless Stadium in round 17.

After a run of ten wins from round two to twelve, West Coast now find themselves in third position on the ladder, amongst four teams all on ten wins.

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GWS leapfrogged Hawthorn to put themselves in the top eight last week, however could fall outside without a win over the Eagles on Sunday.

The West Coast Eagles were 25-point winners in round eight, but when the two match-up for the fourth time in 12 months who will take the points?

Prediction
West Coast and GWS find themselves in a similar position: playing without their normally dominant tall forwards.

West Coast are trying to mix things up, but it’s the Giant’s with the answers.

Rory Lobb and the Giants’ elite midfielders who can go forward and make a big impact will serve the Eagles their fourth consecutive loss.

GWS Giants by 9.

Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match from 4:40pm AEST.