GWS Giants to host West Coast Eagles in home semi-final

Adelaide Crows player Josh Jenkins tackles GWS Giants player Nick Haynes during the qualifying final on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

Adelaide Crows player Josh Jenkins tackles GWS Giants player Nick Haynes during the qualifying final on Thursday night. Picture: AAP

THE Greater Western Sydney Giants will host the West Coast Eagles at Spotless Stadium on Saturday night, in what is a do or die clash for both teams.

The Giants returned to Sydney licking their wounds, after being comprehensively outclassed by the Adelaide Crows in the first AFL qualifying-final match last week.

The Giants scored the first goal against the Crows, but struggled to convert their inside 50s into points during the rainy night at the Adelaide Oval.

The Giants will have to take on West Coast without the services of key forward Jeremy Cameron, who hurt his hamstring during the match against Adelaide.

Shane Mumford is also in doubt.

Stephen Coniglio also hurt his knee, after colliding with Cameron during the match, but he played out the remainder of the game, and Giants coach Leon Cameron said he would play.

Luckily for the Giants, they get an extra two days of rest over West Coast, which means any injuries will be given a good chance to heal. The Giants played Thursday night, while West Coast defeated Port Adelaide on Saturday night.

In more positive news for the Giants, Ryan Griffen returned in the Giants’ reserve grade team.

Stevie Jonhson’s prospects of being picked are much murkier. Johnson sat in the coach’s box on Thursday night.

Coach Leon Cameron might decide to inject Johnson into the forward line in the hopes he will spark an attacking renaissance for his team, which has struggled for points in the second half of the season.

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