FRIDAY night's on-field spat between Giants co-captain Phil Davis and forward Rory Lobb was a result of the club not performing to its own high expectations, vice-captain Stephen Coniglio says. 

The heated altercation, at three quarter-time of Greater Western Sydney's 23-point loss at Etihad Stadium, began with Davis shoving Lobb in the chest before veteran teammate Steve Johnson intervened.

The Saints went on to kick six goals to one in the final quarter to overturn a seven-point deficit at the last break that was as much as 17 during the third term. 

The incident has been a talking point inside and outside the club since, but Coniglio said there were no lingering issues.

"I probably can’t tell you too much (about what was said) – I haven’t asked Phil’s or Rory’s permission – but I know those two had a very good chat about it first thing on Monday," Coniglio told Fox Footy on Wednesday. 

"They were fine with it straight after and I think, with a lot of our performances, it hasn’t been at that high-end level.

"We expect a lot of each other and no doubt Phil and Rory expect a lot of each other and they were probably just highlighting that."

Coniglio said he could understand the attention these "little spotfires" attracted. 

"They do look very bad, but as long as they’re for the betterment of the team – and that conversation, on reflection, was – then I have no problem with that," he said. 

"We’ve got some colourful characters at the Giants; Heath Shaw and Phil Davis down back, in particular, where if they’re going to give you feedback, it’s probably valid. 

"In that particular situation, we spoke about it with both parties and, I guess, under the lights of Friday night footy, it’s highlighted even more. 

"But in terms of arguments within our group, we very much feel we’re on top of it and if it is being pointed out in the media, it’s definitely not an internal problem in our group."