AFL Giants must shoot straighter

Greater Western Sydney coach Leon Cameron concedes his side must improve their goalkicking accuracy following another wayward AFL display.

The Giants went into Saturday’s game at Spotless Stadium against the Kangaroos with the least accurate goalkicking record in the competition and did nothing to improve that by kicking a woeful 8.13 in their 56-point loss.

The only players to do any damage on the scoreboard were small forward Rhys Palmer (3.1) in his first game back from a shoulder injury and forward-ruckman James Stewart (2.1) after he was recalled when Tom Scully withdrew with illness.

The rest of the Giants only contributed 3.5 with their two leading goalkickers from last season, Jeremy Cameron and Devon Smith, kicking just 1.4 between them.

It was the sixth time in 12 games this season GWS has kicked a negative score.

“It is a problem, we can’t run away from it, we’re not kicking straight,” Cameron said.

“We’ve got to make sure we kick straight. We’ve got to make sure we execute when we go forward because it deflates all the good work you’ve done down the track.

“There’s lots of parts of our game we’re really happy with but execution needs to be better.”

Cameron said the 7-5 Giants, who have now lost successive matches for the first time this season, also needed to work on contested possessions and centre clearances after finishing well down in both areas on Saturday.

He was pleased with the efforts of debutants Jack Steele and Caleb Marchbank, and said both would retain their places for the next game against Richmond following the Giants bye.

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