“It was an ambush.”
That’s how Fox Footy’s Jason Dunstall described the first quarter of the game that saw GWS lead by 43 points.
The tone of the game was set as the Giants would go on to beat up the Magpies for four quarters in what was a season-defining win.
As for Collingwood, they dropped from second to fourth on the ladder and last week’s come from behind win over West Coast looks more like an aberration, while their previous poor form lingers.
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The Difference: GWS’ best ever first quarter
The Giants “mugged” Collingwood in the first quarter according to Fox Footy’s Garry Lyon.
They booted eight goals to one in a stunning quarter that will go down as their best ever.
The game was relatively even after the first break, but the damage had been done as the Pies trailed by 43.
“That’s as dominant a slaughter in the forward half as I’ve seen all year,” Lyon added.
“Everything that Leon Cameron and the Giants have done has worked, you can imagine the headaches for Nathan Buckley.”
The Talking Point: GWS’ makeshift midfield unit
No Stephen Coniglio, no Josh Kelly, no Callan Ward, no Matt de Boer and no midfielders brought in this week to make up for their absence.
Despite that, GWS put together a solid midfield unit, featuring stand-in captain Toby Greene, Daniel Lloyd and Zac Williams.
All had fantastic patches in the game and were able to break even with what many believe to be the best midfield in the competition.
Lachie Whitfield’s brilliant ball use, Tim Taranto’s tackling and score involvements and Jacob Hopper clearance dominance was also extremely important.
The Giants get back on the road to take on Port at Adelaide Oval next Saturday night in another big challenge for them.
Collingwood meanwhile heads to the Friday night stage to take on a white-hot Richmond side.
— AFL (@AFL) July 20, 2019
GWS: 8.2, 9.2, 13.5, 19.8. (122)
Collingwood: 1.1, 3.2, 7.7, 11.9. (75)
GWS: Whitfield, Cameron, Taranto, Himmelberg, Finlayson, Williams, Greene, Shaw
Collingwood: Grundy, Sidebottom, Crisp, Howe