Giants eager to take on Hawks in AFL

Hoping for a tight game against Hawthorn is asking for AFL trouble.

But coach Leon Cameron wants GWS to test themselves next Saturday in their first home game of the season.

The defending premiers are coming off three-straight wins by three points, most recently in Friday night’s epic match against Adelaide.

Sunday’s 47-point win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium left the Giants with a 3-2 record and Cameron eagerly anticipating the Hawks match.

“They just keep on coming,” Cameron said of Hawthorn.

“Next week is obviously, tough, tough opportunity – I look at it as an opportunity, to play against Hawthorn.

“We’d love to be in a tight game against Hawthorn – it means we’re improving against the best.

“We understand they have a fantastic record in tight games, but it means we’re developing like we want to develop.”

GWS beat Hawthorn in round six last season, their most recent clash.

But Cameron noted then the Hawks were lacking big names such as Luke Hodge, Jordan Lewis, Brian Lake and James Frawley.

Cameron praised his team’s composure on Saturday after St Kilda rallied in the third quarter.

The Saints had been behind all day, but they reduced the margin to only 10 points.

The Giants kicked the last goal of the term and then blitzed St Kilda with six goals in 13 minutes at the start of the last quarter.

“We knew they (St Kilda) would hit some time, and they did,” Cameron said.

“But just to put the game away in the first 10 minutes of the last was probably our most mature performance, in backing up from last week.

“(It) was really, really pleasing.”

Midfielder Toby Greene was best afield, while Jeremy Cameron kicked five goals in his return from suspension.

Cameron said the Giants have had a bad habit of fluctuating in their form.

“It was good that, whether it’s five-10 per cent, we’ve actually found a way to get control of the game in the last quarter,” he said.

“That’s takes a bit of maturity.”

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