GREATER Western Sydney has continued its mid-season revival, but Sunday's win over Gold Coast has come at the expense of a hamstring injury to superstar Toby Greene.


Greene left the field late in the first quarter, pulling up short following a chase at half-forward, and did not return.

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Is this Greene genius or Greene fortune?

Toby Greene delivers a beautiful bullet-like pass to Tim Taranto, but did he mean it?

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Midfielder Matt de Boer also came off in the dying second of the match with a suspected hamstring injury.

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The Giants were far too good for a terribly flat Suns outfit, winning 9.7 (61) to 4.11 (35) to temporarily move into the top eight.

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Nothing wrong about Jezza on the right

Jeremy Cameron notches a simply superb dribbler from a tough angle

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But Greene's injury in particular sours the victory. Following the match Greene said "hopefully it's only minor".

GWS’s second straight win was built on the back of a dominant midfield, led by returning speedster Zac Williams (26 disposals) and inside bulls Jacob Hopper (26), Tim Taranto (21 and a goal) and skipper Stephen Coniglio (20 and one goal).

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GWS almost pull off one of the great goals of the year

Tim Taranto takes a stunning mark, followed by some dazzling steps from Jacob Hopper who just misses out on completing a sensational goal

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Lachie Whitfield (29) and Josh Kelly (29) were able to flourish with more space in the second half.

The Giants led by 13 points at quarter and half-time, 18 at the final change and kicked four goals in the last term to round out a victory in which they were rarely troubled.

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Sizzling Suns after Rankine sitter turns to wizardry

The Suns complete a scintillating move after Izak Rankine mops up his error in the best possible fashion

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It was a professional performance to back up a last-start win over premier Richmond.

Gold Coast was listless in front of its home crowd.

A team that prides itself on pressure was well down, affecting just 13 tackles in the first half and 38 for the day and losing the contested possession count by 20. 

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King wins over crowd after Brown-esque mark

Ben King gets Metricon buzzing after a stunning and courageous grab back with the flight

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Fullback Sam Collins fought a lone hand in defence, while co-captain Jarrod Witts battled hard all day.

How long will Toby miss?
When Toby Greene jogged from the field late in the first quarter, the hearts of every Giants fan would have skipped a beat. The severity of his right hamstring injury could well have an impact on how far GWS goes in 2020. They were able to account for the listless Suns and, thankfully for the Giants, they have winnable matches in the coming weeks – not that anything is a given in this crazy season. On Friday night they play undermanned Essendon at Metricon Stadium, and then following a bye, travel to Perth to play Sydney. 

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Giant blow as Toby pings hammy

GWS have suffered a huge blow with superstar Toby Greene leaving the ground after appearing to injure his hamstring

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Welcome back Zac
The Giants have been criticised for their one-paced pedestrian play for long stretches of 2020, but the return of Zac Williams from a hamstring injury instantly changed that. His willingness to run-and-carry and offer 'one-twos' for his teammates instantly gave the Giants a more dynamic look. Williams finished with 26 disposals and gained a team-high 436m. He was the perfect complement for Hopper, Taranto and Coniglio. 

Zac Williams shows his class. Picture: AFL Photos

Too many passengers for the Suns
Gold Coast has been one of the feel-good stories this season and built its improvement on high pressure and quick ball movement. Apart from a few familiar faces leading the way, there was just too many passengers. The midfielders were the main culprits with co-captain David Swallow unusually quiet, as was vice-captain Touk Miller and dynamic Lachie Weller. The ball movement was also sloppy and gave the forward line precious few clean opportunities. 

GOLD COAST            0.3      2.4      2.7      4.11 (35)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY        2.4      4.5      5.7      9.7 (61)

Gold Coast:
Ainsworth, King, Swallow, Weller
Greater Western Sydney: Cameron 2, Himmelberg 2, Coniglio, Finlayson, Hopper, Kelly, Taranto

Gold Coast:
Collins, Witts, Bowes, Ainsworth
Greater Western Sydney: Whitfield, Williams, Taranto, Hopper, Haynes, Corr 

Gold Coast:
Greater Western Sydney: Greene (hamstring), de Boer (hamstring)