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The Adelaide Crows hope to hold their top-eight spot when they come up against the GWS Giants at Adelaide Oval on Saturday night. Join The Roar for the live scores and coverage from 7:40pm (AEST).
Despite being predicted as a top-four side at the start of the season, the Crows are singing a different tune come Round 12.
While a top-eight finish still seems well within conversation, the Crows have welcomed fair competition in eighth, with four sides sitting just a win below them.
If not for two late misses from Melbourne’s Max Gawn and Sam Weideman last week, Adelaide would have walked from TIO Stadium in much different stead.
Ruckman Reilly O’Brien proved pivotal in the win – edging out Max Gawn in hit-outs 34 to 30, while teammate Brad Crouch remained strong around the ground, amassing 29 disposals, three goals and seven clearances.
After earning his spot again last week, Bryce Gibbs has again been omitted from this week’s clash. Kyle Hartigan, Matt Crouch and Richard Douglas will take his place, with David Mackay and Hugh Greenwood also excluded.
With the conversation for league-best teams frequently featuring Geelong and Collingwood, it seems time GWS be cemented in that discussion.
The Giants remain the only side to knock off the Cats, and they did it at GMHBA. With the season progressing as is, they still look like the only side to pose a real threat to the Cats come September.
Their performance last week definitely warrants top marks. The two youngest sides in the AFL battled it out at GIANTS Stadium, with GWS defeating Gold Coast by 83-points.
Victoria-fancied Giant, Stephen Coniglio, did well to boost his price-tag with 192 AFL Fantasy points consisting of 36 disposals, three goals, eight tackles and 13 marks.
Teammates, Josh Kelly and Jeremy Cameron, are also in red-hot form, Kelly himself recording 140 AFL Fantasy points, while Cameron kicked five goals with 20 possessions.
Unfortunately, the boys will be without Fantasy-favourite Lachie Whitfield, who sustained a broken collarbone in last week’s clash. Zac Williams and Sam Taylor will join the side for Whitfield and Lachlan Keeffe.
Though Adelaide have shown an ability to compete with most sides, recent weeks reveal that the Giants just aren’t most sides.
The Giants to hold onto seconnd place – 45 points.
Where: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
When: 7:40pm AEST
TV: Channel 7, Fox Footy, Kayo Sports
Betting: Adelaide $2.55, GWS $1.77
B: Brown, Talia, Hartigan
HB: Smith, Keath, Milera
C: Atkins, Douglas, Gallucci
HF: B. Crouch, Walker, Lynch
F: Murphy, Jenkins, Betts
FOLL: O’Brien, M. Crouch, Sloane
I/C: Kelly, Seedsman, Ellis-Yolmen, Laird
B: Williams, Taylor, Shaw
HB: Kennedy, Davis, Haynes
C: Deledio, Kelly, de Boer
HF: Tomlinson, Himmelberg, Perryman
F: Daniels, Cameron, Greene
FOLL: Mumford, Coniglio, Hopper
I/C: Cumming, Taranto, Reid, Finlayson