GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron wants his team to be bolder for longer after suffering another Sydney AFL derby defeat.
The Giants were slow out of the blocks and in their ball movement, as they trailed Sydney 21-2 just after quarter-time at the SCG on Saturday.
They hit the front briefly in the second quarter, but didn’t build on that surge, losing by 25 points.
“If you’re not bold, you don’t get anywhere,” Cameron said.
“If you play conservative then you get eaten up. At times we were a bit too conservative in the first half.”
Cameron felt GWS was getting closer to Sydney despite suffering an eighth loss in nine derbies.
“I think we’re making some ground which is positive, but you’ve got top make ground for 120 minutes and our boys clearly know there were patches all throughout the game we didn’t deliver on that,” Cameron said.
“There’s positives from our team, but there’s also disappointment because we’re trying to knock off a top four side.
“If you want to get somewhere in this competition you’ve got to take it up to these really really good sides every week and we only took it up to the Swans parts of the game and that’s disappointing.”
Cameron was pleased with his backline but disappointed with his forwards.
“Their defenders had the better of most of our forwards on the night,” Cameron said.
“We’ve got some young forwards down there trying to carve their way out in this AFL game and when you come up against a really good senior experienced backline like Sydney, you’re going to earn every kick and our boys certainly found that out tonight.
“Our biggest positive was probably our back seven, I thought they really stood tall.”