Cameron confident of GWS bounce back

GWS players looked distraught after their 61-point AFL thumping by Western Bulldogs.
GWS players looked distraught after their 61-point AFL thumping by Western Bulldogs.

GWS coach Leon Cameron has cautioned against expecting the imminent return of some more senior players to automatically turn their flagging AFL fortunes around after successive second-half horror shows.

The sixth-placed Giants have suffered their biggest losses of the season in consecutive games, going down by 56 to Hawthorn in Canberra last week and by 61 to the Western Bulldogs on Sunday in another home match in Sydney.

GWS conceded the last 12 goals of the game and the Bulldogs' score of 126 was the most the Giants have leaked since the opening round of the 2017 season.

They kicked just 0.5 in the second half, an improvement of one behind on last week.

It was the first time in the AFL era a side has gone goalless in the second half of successive matches, something which hasn't happened since University suffered the same fate in the 1911 VFL campaign.

GWS welcomed back Josh Kelly, Matt de Boer and Aidan Corr on Sunday after long injury breaks.

They should be even stronger for next week's final-round away clash with Gold Coast, with Jeremy Cameron, Jeremy Finlayson, Daniel Lloyd, Sam Taylor and Shane Mumford all in contention to return.

'We need to right the wrong quickly and I'm confident we can do that," Cameron said.

"But it doesn't always work out that you just bring in three or four, we've got to make sure we've got to get our system right."

A win over the Suns, who have lost 17 straight, will nail down sixth spot and a home game in week one of the finals, but a loss could result in them facing an away match.

At Sunday's post-match press conference, Cameron apologised to GWS supporters, but was adamant the club would turn around their fortunes.

'We've opened ourselves up in the last two weeks and our supporters are going to be flat and I feel for them," Cameron said.

''I'm really confident that we've got the substance and we've built up the right character at our playing group to bounce back and I Iook forward to our players doing that in the coming weeks."

Australian Associated Press