Giants’ AFL backs too brave for own good

GWS Giants coach Leon Cameron believes some of his injury-prone AFL defenders might be too brave for their own good, as he welcomes one of them, co-captain Phil Davis, back to action.

Davis will return for Saturday’s clash with Geelong at Simonds Stadium after missing three games with a hamstring problem.

Fellow defender Matt Buntine is confident of playing this weekend after sitting out last week’s loss to Adelaide with concussion, though medical staff will have the final say.

The Giants will see how he pulls up after getting back into contact work on Wednesday.

However, the wretched run of luck for GWS defenders isn’t over yet, with Adam Kennedy ruled out for at least a week with a sore back and shoulder after landing heavily against the Crows.

It continues the incredible injury toll of the Giants’ defenders over the past few years.

The current injury list includes three key position backs in Aidan Corr (ankle, 2-3 weeks), Caleb Marchbank (ankle, 4 weeks) and Tim Mohr (hamstring 3-5 weeks), while two more, Nick Haynes and Joel Patfull, have had their share of fitness issues over the past couple of years.

“There are just some naturally born brave players that just have no fear,” Cameron said on Wednesday.

“We’re lucky enough to have probably half a dozen in our back half – maybe that’s a little answer why we have so many injuries in there.

“But there’s also a line where they have got to be able to read the play. As they get a bit older and more experienced, they know when to go and when not to go.

“I can’t see it happening that Matthew Buntine is going to be pulling out of a contest shortly.”

Buntine, who has had three bouts of concussion in a year, wore a helmet on Wednesday at training.

“He’s such a brave player, probably too brave for his own good at times,” Cameron said.

“We’re definitely exploring all options and whether he wears it (the helmet) or not, probably by the end of the week we’ll get it resolved.”

Davis will have a testing return to action with Cameron saying he can expect to play on Geelong spearhead Tom Hawkins for patches of the game and possibly also Mark Blicavs and resting ruckmen Rhys Stanley and Zac Smith.

“Phil is going to have his work cut out with some big boys,” Cameron said.

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