Giants stay in touch of ladder’s top eight

THE GWS has kept alive its aim of reaching it first ever finals series by storming away from Essendon.

The Giants booted 11 goals to four after half-time of their match to go and win 14.9 (93) to 8.13 (61) at Spotless Stadium in Sydney.

The result left the Giants just two premiership points in arrears of Geelong and Adelaide in eighth and ninth place, respectively.

It was the first time the Giants had beaten the Bombers, who also suffered their 12th loss this season to leave them confined to 15th spot.

The hosts looked in trouble early when the visitors made the early running, leading by seven points at quarter-time and then eight at the half.

The Giants, though, finished full of running, kicking five goals in the third term and six in the last.

Winning the inside-50ms 58-45, Essendon had its chances but failed to capitalise.

Tony Greene (31 disposals), Stephen Coniglio (27) and Adam Treloar and Lachie Whitfield (24 each) led the way for the winners in the midfield.

Brendon Goddard collected a game-high 32 touches for the Bombers, who take on Adelaide next week. The Giants are away against Port Adelaide.

FREMANTLE now leads second-placed West Coast by 10 points on the ladder after an easy win over St Kilda at Etihad Stadium.

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