A masterclass by Devon Smith has helped Greater Western Sydney secure a 15-point AFL win over a battling Gold Coast.
The Giants rallied late in the final term to overcome a Gary Ablett-inspired Suns and claim a 13.16 (94) to 12.7 (79) win at Metricon Stadium on Saturday.
It’s GWS’s ninth win of the season and will ensure they stay in the top eight for at least another week.
Smith was the gamebreaker for the visitors, booting four goals – including three in the final term – as the Giants pulled away in the closing minutes.
Key forward Jeremy Cameron, Rory Lobb and Callan Ward both kicked two majors for the Giants while Ward topped the visitors’ disposals count with 30.
Ablett also picked up 30 disposals for the Suns and notched up a career-high 17 tackles.
The dual Brownlow medallist also kicked three goals including a brilliant individual effort in the second quarter where he smothered a Giants’ kick inside their defensive 50m before regathering and grubbering through the goal.
Touk Miller was also impressive for the hosts, kicking two goals and posting 27 disposals.
Alex Sexton and Brandon Matera kicked two goals for the Suns, who will be happy with their effort but remain stuck on just two wins for the season.
The Suns lost ruckman Tom Nicholls early to a leg injury while Giants midfielder Buntine missed most of the final term after being knocked out in a sickening head clash with Gold Coast’s Sam Day.