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Match report: Giants notch biggest score in Power thrashing

Highlights: GWS v Port Adelaide The Giants and Power clash in round four
CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 17: Shane Mumford of the Giants celebrates kicking a goal during the round four AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Port Adelaide Power at Star Track Oval on April 17, 2016 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Shane Mumford celebrates a goal against the Power

GREATER Western Sydney has smashed a host of club records in its thumping 86-point win over Port Adelaide at Manuka Oval on Sunday afternoon. 

The dominant 22.19 (151) to 9.11 (65) victory in Canberra was the Giants' highest ever score and biggest winning margin since joining the competition in 2012.

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It marked their second win in two games at the ground this season, having beaten Geelong in round two, and takes their record in the nation's capital to four from their past five.

They had 14 individual goalscorers - youngster Rory Lobb stepped up with four goals, Rhys Palmer booted three, while Callan Ward, Steve Johnson and Ryan Griffen each chimed in with two.

Dylan Shiel was once again hugely influential, as was Shane Mumford who dominated the ruck against opposite Matthew Lobbe.

Giants coach Leon Cameron said that seeing his team not only win, but also win well in such dominant fashion was extremely pleasing.

"They've been on the end of a number of beltings these young fellas and it is good (to win well), because you just don't get a chance sometimes to win like that," he said.

"Sometimes you can waltz into the end of the game and it's a 30- or 40-point win when percentage means a lot in this competition, and if you get a side down at any particular time and you can punish them, then you've got to take those hits.

"Our pressure was really, really good and we capitalised."

The Giants, out to avenge last week's loss to the Sydney Swans, were full of energy and intent against a Power outfit that lacked any spark or passion.

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Cameron's men kicked the first three and last three goals of the opening term for a 23-point lead at the first break.

It was their highest-scoring first quarter ever, and set them up for their biggest ever half.

Eight goals in the second term stretched the score to 14.10 (94) to 5.3 (33) - eclipsing their previous record of 64 points posted in the first half against Western Bulldogs in late 2014.

SHOWREEL: Record-breaking half sets up Giants' win

They only managed two majors in a quieter third quarter but still extended their advantage to 66 points.

That blew out to 86 points in a breezy final term in front of just over 10,000 fans.

It bettered their last best win over Carlton by 81 points at Spotless Stadium in round 22 last year.

Chad Wingard, who missed last week with a hamstring complaint, kicked two goals and had 14 touches, while fellow returning star Hamish Hartlett was fairly quiet with 15 disposals.

Robbie Gray could find himself in hot water for an off-the-ball hit on Ward late in the second term.

Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley was scathing in his assessment of his side's performance.

"It was embarrassing and not up to the level we expect of ourselves, but you know what, it's been a bit consistent," he said.

"It's been something we haven't been able to get right, we haven't been able to play hard enough and strong enough for long enough when it goes against us. 

"As soon as it went against us we weren't prepared to work as hard as we needed to and hang on, and we wrestled it back at the start but the next challenge came and we just weren't up for it.

"You can't turn up in AFL football and be inconsistent in your ability to compete, and right now that's not there."

MEDICAL ROOM
Both teams looked to have made it through the game without any major injuries. 

NEXT UP
The Power head home to welcome Geelong to Adelaide next Saturday night, while GWS are on the road to take on St Kilda at Etihad Stadium in the early game on Sunday.

Joel Patfull is chaired off Manuka Oval after his 200th game. Picture: AFL Media


GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY    6.6    14.10    16.18    22.19 (151)
PORT ADELAIDE                          3.1      5.3         7.6        9.11 (65) 

GOALS
Greater Western Sydney: Lobb 4, Palmer 3, Johnson 2, Griffen 2, Ward 2, Coniglio, Mumford, Patton, Wilson, Steele, Shiel, Scully, Greene, Kelly
Port Adelaide: Neade 2, Young 2, Wingard 2, Westhoff, Byrne-Jones, Dixon 

BEST 
Greater Western Sydney: Shiel, Ward, Coniglio, Greene, Lobb, Whitfield, Wilson, Mumford
Port Adelaide: Pittard, Wines, Westhoff, R. Gray 

INJURIES 
Greater Western Sydney: Nil
Port Adelaide: Nil

Reports: Charlie Dixon reported for striking Phil Davis in the final term

Umpires: Findlay, Jeffery, Mollison 

Official crowd: 10,028 at Manuka Oval