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Team of the week: round six

GREATER Western Sydney's 75-point thrashing of Hawthorn on Saturday afternoon stunned the footy world and six Giants have been rewarded with selection in the AFL's Team of the Week for round six, brought to you by Accor Hotels.

Five-goal hero Steve Johnson, reigning club champion Heath Shaw, emerging tall forward Rory Lobb and star midfielders Stephen Coniglio, Dylan Shiel and Lachie Whitfield all demanded a spot in the 22 with brilliant performances against the Hawks.

It was a massive round for goalkickers with Johnson joined by St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt, North Melbourne's rejuvenated veteran Jarrad Waite, Melbourne's Jesse Hogan, along with gun Sydney Swans Lance Franklin and Luke Parker in a star-studded forward line.

Whitfield starts on a wing after blitzing the Hawks, with Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield in the centre and Carlton's Dale Thomas on the other wing after he bounced back to form against Essendon. 

Swan Kurt Tippett assumes the No.1 ruck role after he dominated the Brisbane Lions, with Coniglio and Adelaide hard man Rory Sloane completing the centre square set up.

Shaw is becoming a lock in defence and is again joined by Crow Rory Laird, while Kangaroo Scott Thompson, West Coast's Brad Sheppard, Port Adelaide's Matthew Broadbent and Cats recruit Lachie Henderson all gain their first selection of the season.

Lobb and Shiel were unlucky to miss the starting 18 but grab spots on the bench, with Eagle Mark LeCras and Western Bulldogs ball magnet Lachie Hunter.

RORY LAIRD (Adelaide) – The Crows' forwards get most of the spotlight but Laird is part of an outstanding defence in Adelaide, and he starts plenty of their attacks from the defensive 50. Had 24 touches and four rebound 50s against the Dockers.

SCOTT THOMPSON (North Melbourne) – Given the tough task of curbing the influence of dynamic Bulldog Jake Stringer, Thompson not only won the battle, but also gathered 26 touches of his own.

BRAD SHEPPARD (West Coast) – Often forced to play on taller opponents, Sheppard gives plenty of drive from defence and provides the Eagles with a great intercept marking option. Racked up 24 touches, seven marks, three rebound 50s and three inside 50s against the Magpies.

HEATH SHAW (Greater Western Sydney) – Drives the standards at GWS both on and off the field, and led by example against the Hawks with 32 disposals and nine rebound 50s.

LACHIE HENDERSON (Geelong) – After a slow start at his new club the former Blue looks to be settling at the Cats, and took 11 marks against Gold Coast.

MATTHEW BROADBENT (Port Adelaide) – Like many Power players this year Broadbent hasn't been in great form, but collected 25 possessions, eight clearances and a huge running goal against Richmond.

LACHIE WHITFIELD (Greater Western Sydney) – A hard-running performance against Hawthorn from the skilful Whitfield, who racked up 28 touches and also finished with two goals.

PATRICK DANGERFIELD (Geelong) – Had a night out at the Cattery and did his Brownlow chances no harm with another 30 disposals and two goals against the Suns.

DALE THOMAS (Carlton) – A vintage 'Daisy' performance against the Bombers saw the former Magpie finish with 31 touches, seven tackles and a goal at the MCG.

JARRAD WAITE (North Melbourne) – Now has 22 goals to sit third in the Coleman Medal race, and his four majors proved the difference in a tight win over the Bulldogs. 

NICK RIEWOLDT (St Kilda) – There seems to be no slowing the Saints skipper, who took 14 marks and kicked three goals against the Demons, to go with 24 possessions.

STEVE JOHNSON (Greater Western Sydney) – Another veteran producing some of his best work, the Giant booted five first-half goals against the reigning premiers.

LUKE PARKER (Sydney Swans) – Stood up at a crucial time against the Lions with three goals and nine tackles, as well as 29 touches for the Swans.

LANCE FRANKLIN (Sydney Swans) – Five goals from 19 possessions in the wet made Franklin invaluable and the best forward on the ground in a three-point win in Brisbane. 

JESSE HOGAN (Melbourne) – Provided a powerful target and took six marks inside 50, but his brilliant seven-goal effort wasn't enough for the Demons.

KURT TIPPETT (Sydney Swans) – Relished the tough slog at the Gabba and dominated his match-up with Lion Stefan Martin to finish the day with 36 hit-outs, 25 touches and a goal. 

STEPHEN CONIGLIO (Greater Western Sydney) – Reduced the effectiveness of Hawks' star Sam Mitchell while also gathering 30 possessions of his own, as well as laying nine tackles.

RORY SLOANE (Adelaide) – Another inspiring game for the hard-working Crow, Sloane had 31 touches and eight tackles against the Dockers.

RORY LOBB (Greater Western Sydney) – The West Aussie is quickly making a name for himself after he took eight contested marks against Hawthorn and also kicked four goals.

MARK LECRAS (West Coast) – Sparked the home side with two brilliant first-quarter goals and finished with three, to go with 27 possessions and five clearances.

DYLAN SHIEL (GWS) – Hawthorn had no answer to Shiel's power running and work around stoppages, with the star picking up 34 disposals and eight clearances.

LACHIE HUNTER (WB) – Worked tirelessly for the Dogs to gather 44 possessions against the Roos at almost 80 per cent disposal efficiency.

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