GWS Giants, Gold Coast Suns


The Giants recorded their first win of the season, overpowering the Suns to secure a 26-point win at Homebush.

However, the premiership’s four points could come at the expense of All Australian defender Nick Haynes, after he was substituted before the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

Haynes twisted his right ankle in the second quarter after his leg was caught in the water-soaked turf. He came from the ground before being taken care of by medical personnel who assessed the internal structures of the ankle.

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He did not have his ankle registered for the game.

The 29-year-old was replaced by Adam Kennedy.

There was also a moment of concern for team-mate Jesse Hogan as he limped off the ground at the end of the second term pointing to his lower leg. However, the old Docker came back later.

His evening ended with four scoring shots including two major ones.

It was a dominating performance from the home side who took a five-goal lead in the first quarter, a margin that couldn’t be relaxed thanks to the supreme performance of Tim Taranto and Stephen Coniglio.

A strong double tag to Gold Coast skipper Touk Miller by Lachie Ash and Matt de Boer also extinguished any drive the Suns showed in their opening two rounds.

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