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James Dampney  April 23, 2013 12:18 PM

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The rivalry continues between the AFL's newest clubs at StarTrack Oval in Canberra

SUMMARY: At the start of the season there was earnest discussion about which of the two expansion clubs was making the bigger strides, with plenty suggesting Greater Western Sydney may have its nose in front. The Gold Coast's start to the year, which has included a victory over St Kilda and a two-point defeat to the Brisbane Lions, has dulled most of that talk. The Giants were competitive without really threatening to win their first two games before a poor outing against the Saints in Canberra. There were better signs against Melbourne on Sunday until a terrible final term, when the Demons slammed through a club-record 12.2. Having knocked off the Suns at Manuka Oval for its first win last season, GWS will be keen for a repeat dose. Gary Ablett's Suns, however, will also be desperate for a little revenge in the nation's capital.

WHERE AND WHEN: Manuka Oval, Saturday, April 27, 1.45pm


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THE LAST TWO
R20, 2012, Gold Coast 16.13 (109) d GWS Giants 12.7 (79) at Metricon Stadium
R7, 2012, GWS Giants 13.16 (94) d Gold Coast 9.13 (67) at Manuka Oval

THE SIX POINTS
1. History was made in round seven last year when the Giants slammed through 5.3 to just two behinds in the fourth quarter to steamroll a stunned Gold Coast side and secure their first ever AFL victory.

2. GWS ruckman Jonathan Giles' 21 touches and three goals earned him three Brownlow votes from that game. The Suns hit back in the return bout in round 20, winning by 30 points, with Brandon Matera taking the three Brownlow votes.

3. The Giants will need to clamp down defensively if they are to prevail in this match. So far they have conceded an average of 131 points per game, compared to 97 for the Suns.

4. GWS has at least been able to get its hands on the football at times, ranked a lofty fourth in the AFL for centre clearances. Gold Coast is ranked 14th. Second quarters are also an issue for the Suns, kicking just three goals to their opponents' 20 through four matches.

5. This will be the 31st AFL match held at Manuka Oval. The highest attendance was 14,922 when North Melbourne faced the Swans in 2006. GWS attracted 11,092 for its round three game against the Saints this year.

6. The Giants are the fourth team to host home games at the ACT stadium. The Kangaroos, Western Bulldogs and Melbourne have also played home games at the ground.