Dogs bark towards September as Giants slump to 108-year first

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The Western Bulldogs have stormed into the top eight thanks to a 61-point mauling of GWS at Giants Stadium.

With Adelaide and Port Adelaide both slipping up this weekend, the Bulldogs took full advantage in what proved to be a big percentage booster.

The Giants became the first team since University in 1911 to go goalless after half time in back-to-back games.

After booting 21 straight goals in the 104-point win over Essendon last time out, the Dogs piled on another 12 in a second half annihilation.

Question marks over GWS’ premiership credentials will intensify following another alarming second half fade-out.

September Implications?

GWS are all but assured a finals spot but will look for significant improvement against cellar-dwellers Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

Victory over Adelaide will clinch the Western Bulldogs a top eight finish with that match to be played at Mars Stadium in Ballart next Sunday.

Full Score

GWS: 5.3, 9.6, 9.10, 9.11.(65)
Western Bulldogs: 7.1, 9.3, 14.9, 19.12.(126)

GOALS

GWS: Himmelberg 2, Greene 2, Keeffe 2, Tomlinson, Whitfield, Kennedy
Western Bulldogs: Naughton 3, Schache 3, Dickson 2, Dunkley 2, Dale 2, Lipinski 2, Lloyd, Richards, Hunter, Duryea, Smith

BEST

GWS: Taranto, Whitfield, Greene, Williams, Haynes
Western Bulldogs: Dunkley, Lipinski, Macrae, Hunter, Johannisen, Lloyd

Reports: Nil

Injuries: Nil