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It’s the match of the round as the ladder-leading Port Adelaide Power and red-hot GWS Giants open Sunday’s AFL action at Metricon Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores from 1:05pm (AEST).
In the words of coach Ken Hinkley, Port “got an uppercut” last weekend against the Lions. After a dominant four-win start to the season, it was disappointing to see the Power so easily brushed aside by quality opposition. They have beaten the Eagles, but another weak showing here will see the flat-track bully tag applied.
Greater Western Sydney looked to be in a bit of a hole after Round 3, but have emerged in the last fortnight as a team to beat. They were excellent in the clinches in a hard-fought two-point win over the Magpies two weeks ago, before picking the Hawks apart last Sunday night in a dominant performance. Last year’s runners-up certainly don’t lack for hunger.
The Giants have racked up five consecutive wins over the Power, including a one-point heartstopper at the Adelaide Oval in last year’s only meeting. Both sides enjoy playing on the Gold Coast, with GWS comfortably winning on their last three visits and Port boasting a perfect record of 8-0.
Opening bounce: 1:05pm (AEST)
Venue: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Fox Sports, Seven (NSW, SA only)
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass
B: R.Burton, T.McKenzie, D.Houston
HB: H.Hartlett, T.Jonas, D.Byrne-Jones
C: J.Westhoff, O.Wines, K.Amon
HF: B.Ebert, T.Marshall, C.Rozee
F: Z.Butters, C.Dixon, R.Gray
Foll: S.Lycett, S.Powell-Pepper, T.Boak
Bench (four to be omitted): S.Motlop, T.Rockliff, T.Clurey, K.Farrell, R.Bonner, S.Mayes, P.Ladhams, C.Sutcliffe
B: H.Shaw, L.Keeffe, A.Corr
HB: L.Whitfield, P.Davis, N.Haynes
C: H.Perryman, S.Coniglio, J.Kelly
HF: T.Greene, J.Cameron, B.Daniels
F: H.Himmelberg, J.Finlayson, T.Green
Foll: S.Mumford, J.Hopper, M.de Boer
Bench (four to be omitted): L.Ash, C.Ward, J.Hately, D.Lloyd, J.Caldwell, S.Jacobs, T.Sheridan, Z.Langdon