GIANTS coach Leon Cameron appeared despondent following his side's second consecutive draw, ruing the fact they had let a seemingly match-winning 13-point fourth-quarter lead slip through their fingers against Hawthorn in Launceston.
In a match that really heated up after half time and saw both sides finish with 97 points on the scoreboard, Cameron lamented his team's inconsistency and suggested they are 'just going' after 16 rounds.
"We're just going at the moment, for whatever reason, whether it's a number of players not playing to the level they need to be playing at, to the injuries we've obviously had throughout the year, the end result is when you play inconsistently like we are at the moment… you're going to be in these really tight games and situations," he said.
"So we need to find a way to try to find a lot more consistency at our footy club because it's clearly not happening at the moment, especially over the last few weeks, and you could probably argue six or seven weeks."
The Giants kicked five goals to three in the final term to surge into what looked like being a decisive lead with six minutes to play, but gave up goals in the dying minutes to Luke Breust and Will Langford, whose wickedly bouncing snap leapt over Heath Shaw in the goal-square to bring all 12,156 at University of Tasmania Stadium to their feet for a decisive final 12 seconds.
"It's funny, 12 seconds to go, centre bounce. Do you play for a win, do you play for a draw? The way we played we probably played for a draw," Cameron said, going on to suggest there was little point agonising over 'lost' premiership points.
"It's unique because it's happened two weeks in a row. It's really unique and hard to comment.
"It's good to get two points, but disappointing to have given up a 13-point lead with six minutes to go.
"You're always going to take two points, regardless, so we've gained it.
"You'll always take it, but as I said before, whether you deserve it or not is irrelevant, you've got it."
Key forward Jonathon Patton continued his good form of recent weeks with a superb five-goal performance, really standing up to be counted with two majors that sent the Giants to the lead in the final term and finishing as the most dominant forward on the field for either side.
"He's had three really good weeks. He's putting himself in the position to play some really good footy," Cameron said.
"He's hungry, got a really good appetite and he gives us a lot of confidence to kick to him when we're going forward because his hands are good at the moment and he's obviously kicking straight but we probably had few and far between winners on the ground today."