WHERE AND WHEN: Skoda Stadium, Saturday August 4, 2.10pm
Recent weeks has seen Greater Western Sydney play some of the powerhouses of the competition with some ugly results. Sydney, Hawthorn, Adelaide and Collingwood have smashed the young side and with the side appearing to have finally run out of legs, the results are likely to get worse.
Port Adelaide would normally present the ideal opportunity for GWS to push – or maybe even defeat – a settled opponent, but it doesn’t seem likely the way they’ve contested the previous month.
They’ve still had performances from young players which have provided great hope for the future, but when you’re smashing into AFL hardened bodies week in and week out, something will eventually give.
Port Adelaide has improved in 2012, yet still suffers from inconsistencies which has put coach Matthew Primus under extreme pressure. They’ve beaten sides that are still in the running for a top eight spot, but it’s the losses like last week’s which really raises questions.
Fremantle completely destroyed the Power, almost making the Port Adelaide forward half redundant as they locked the ball inside attacking 50 for large portions of the game.
Unfortunately for the Giants, this game provides the perfect opportunity – against the perfect opponent – for the Power to record a confidence boosting win.