The Western Bulldogs return from the bye to face GWS at GIANTS Stadium on Saturday night.
Western Bulldogs 5th: 15-7 132.8%
GWS 7th: 15-7 99.7%
GWS 9.11 (65) defeated by Western Bulldogs 15.14 (104)
The Bulldogs continued a perfect start to their 2021 campaign with a 39-point win over the Giants in round six last year. Despite leading by only three points at three-quarter time in Canberra, the Dogs piled on nine goals in the last to improve their record to 6-0. Jack Macrae notched up 40 touches, while Adam Treloar (35, five tackles) and Tom Liberatore (27, 10 tackles, seven clearances) were impactful.
THE TALKING POINTS
A chance to reset
Coming off the bye last weekend, Saturday night will provide the Bulldogs with an opportunity to improve their 6-6 ledger. Their recent record against the Giants should instill some confidence, having won three of their past four encounters. It will also mark the Bulldogs’ third interstate trip of the season – with another three to go.
Fiery encounter on the cards
There’s no denying the Bulldogs and Giants have produced some thrilling and fiery contests throughout the years. The red, white and blue faithful will fondly recall the 2016 preliminary final – which saw the Dogs record a six-point win to advance to their first Grand Final in 55 years.
Trio to return
The Bulldogs will welcome back a trio of talls in Josh Schache, Jamarra Ugle-Hagan and Jason Johannisen; the latter who will play his first AFL match of the year. Ugle-Hagan has impressed at VFL level in recent weeks, booting nine goals in two games, while Schache has alternated between defence, attack and even in the ruck. Johannisen returned from an injury and illness-interrupted first half of the year in Footscray’s 66-point win over Williamstown, emerging unscathed.