Dogs’ dynamic statement; ‘no tsunami in sight’ as Giants exposed amid veteran’s HORROR error: 3-2-1 (2024)

The Western Bulldogs have sent a message to the footy world and reaffirmed themselves as finals contenders with a strong 27-point victory on the road against the Giants.

Adam Treloar continued his outstanding start to the season with 35 disposals, while Ed Richards (27 disposals) is looking more and more comfortable in a new inside midfield role.

Jesse Hogan and Toby Greene were the most dangerous forwards on the ground booting three goals each for the Giants, while former Dee James Harmes and exciting youngster Sam Darcy both kicked two goals apiece for the Dogs.

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3. DOGS STUN GIANTS AS SLUMP CONTINUES

The Western Bulldogs have stunned the Giants on their own home deck in one of the upsets of the round.

While it was only a 27-point win on the final scoreboard, it could’ve – and probably should’ve – been an even bigger result given the Dogs kicked 7.21.

It puts the Dogs within striking distance of the top eight as they stay afloat in season 2024 – with claim to the second-best percentage in the competition - despite pressure on Luke Beveridge.

There’s meanwhile alarm bells ringing for the free falling Giants. Adam Kingsley’s side’s underwhelming form continued, lacking its usual spark and exciting dare, having now dropped four of their last five games.

With it , GWS tumbled down to sixth on the ladder at 6-4 despite being regarded as one of the chief flag contenders.

“They’ve got some issues,” Hawks great Lewis said of the Giants on Fox Footy.

“From a Giants point of view, it’s really disappointing once again.”

Triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown highlighted the Giants look “vanilla” in a worrying drop off.

“We talk about the Orange Tsunami, it’s a bit flat at the moment – it’s like a lake – there’s no tsunami in sight,” Brown told Fox Footy.

“Adam Kingsley has a lot of work to do. They’re struggling defensively, if you look at the scoreboard, they probably should’ve been blown away.”

2. HOGAN HEROICS NOT ENOUGH IN MILESTONE MATCH

The Giants mightn’t have won Saturday’s clash against the Western Bulldogs, but there’s not much more Jesse Hogan could’ve done.

Playing in his milestone 200th game, Hogan finished with three goals – all in the first half – from four contested marks in wet conditions in Sydney.

Clearly the most dominant forward on the night, the 29-year old kicked three of the Giants’ four majors on the night.

Without Hogan, and given the Dogs’ wayward kicking, the scoreboard could’ve read much uglier for the Giants.

“He’s been sensational, what a first half in wet conditions,” triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown said on Fox Footy at half-time.

“Each contested mark in these conditions is worth about three.

“His ability to go back and convert. He’s had fantastic presence up field when his Giants teammates didn’t give him a lot supply.”

Four-time premiership Hawk Jordan Lewis also praised Hogan, highlighting his selfless acts to try and get his teammates involved.

“He is playing this game like it’s dry weather,” Lewis said of Hogan.

“He’s been really influential and clean when he’s been involved in those contests. He’s been super.”

1. GIANTS VETERAN’S MOMENT TO FORGET AMID BONT LOCKDOWN

In an otherwise strong performance locking down Marcus Bontempelli, Giants veteran Callan Ward had a moment he’ll want to forget in the second term.

Ward received a handball from teammate Finn Callaghan and quickly threw the ball on his foot to clear congestion, booting the ball approximately 30 metres in the wrong direction.

Bulldogs small forward Rhylee West took the uncontested mark, with Giants defender Harry Himmelberg putting his arms out wondering why Ward had kicked it there. “What was that?,” Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson questioned on Fox Footy commentary.

“He kicked it the way of his old team! Confusion reigns!” he said.

“After 300 games, he’s forgotten which way to kick it and as a coach you can’t really account for that!”

Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis joked: “No experience.”

Despite this,Lewis noted that Ward had played a crucial role in “clamping” Bontempelli, limiting the Western Bulldogs superstar captain to 18 disposals, his second-lowest return this season.

Despite Bontempelli being quiet statistically, triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown said he’d “played an important selfless role blocking for teammates.”

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There were no late changes, with Conor Stone (GWS) and Caleb Daniel (Western Bulldogs) named the starting subs.

Neither side were able to gain control early in the game with Hawthorn champion Jordan Lewis labelling the contest as “messy” on Fox Footy commentary.

“It’s like there’s an electric fence on both 50 metre lines,” he said.

The Western Bulldogs had the upper hand from a territory perspective, leading the inside 50 count 13-4 with seven minutes left in the first.

“The Giants have defended and scrambled really well.”

The Dogs sent 200-gamer Taylor Duryea to dangerous Giants superstar Toby Greene.

“He’s done some big jobs, it’s really underrated that area of his game,” Lewis said.

Greene finally broke the deadlock after crumbing and snapping beautifully.

Darcy Jones left the field late in the first term with what appeared to be a hamstring injury and was subbed out of the contest before the quarter time break.

Giants spearhead Jesse Hogan bobbed up with the second goal of the game, cooly converting a set shot.

The Giants led 2.1 (13) to 0.5 (5) at quarter time.

The Bulldogs finally hit the scoreboard after Jamarra Ugle-Hagan was marched to the square following a 50-metre penalty against Sam Taylor.

Shortly after livewire Laitham Vandermeer snapped truly to put the Dogs back in front.

Rhylee West was then gifted a major of his own after Callan Ward kicked the ball 30 metres in the wrong direction from a congested stoppage, catching teammates off guard.

But Giants spearhead Hogan stepped up and kicked his second to keep the Giants within touching distance.

Hawks legend Jordan Lewis noted Marcus Bontempelli had been “clamped” by Ward in a lockdown role, restricting the star skipper’s influence in the first half.

Hogan kicked his third goal to continue a strong half from the star forward and give the Giants the lead.

The Western Bulldogs regained the lead at half-time thanks to a Sam Darcy goal, 4.9 (33) to 4.4 (28).

Both sides struggled to hit the scoreboard at the start of the second half before former Dee James Harmes kicked a goal from inside the arc to extend the Bulldogs lead to 11 points.

The Dogs led 5.15 (45) to 4.7 (31) at three-quarter-time.

The Bulldogs new recruit Harmes stepped up again, taking a diving mark after a stray Ed Richards shot on goal to slot his second for the evening.

The 28-year-old has rediscovered some form after playing VFL for Footscray earlier this month.

But the Giants weren’t going to go down without a fight as captain Greene cut the margin back to three goals.

Although Dogs spearhead Aaron Naughton didn’t like the sound of that, converting his set shot to extend the lead to 26 points.

“The Bulldogs fans can celebrate now... nothing’s going to stop them from celebrating a very, very big win,” Fox Footy commentator Anthony Hudson said.

Sam Darcy kept the party going, kicking his second goal while Greene slotted his third as he looks to work his way out of a form slump.

Dogs’ dynamic statement; ‘no tsunami in sight’ as Giants exposed amid veteran’s HORROR error: 3-2-1 (2024)
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