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Dogs smash Giants to climb into top eight

Dogs smash Giants to climb into top eight

SURGING Western Bulldogs have charged into the AFL top eight with a 61-point away win over a GWS side that suffered another case of the second half staggers on Sunday.

The Bulldogs kicked 12 successive goals from late in the second quarter to the final one, as they turned a 15-point deficit to a 19.12 (126) to 9.11 (65) win.

Coming off last week’s 104-point pummelling of Essendon, in which they slammed on 21 consecutive goals, the Bulldogs late-season surge will inevitably provoke comparisons to their 2016 charge to the flag.

GWS suffered the ignominy of being the first club in 108 years since University in 1911 to be held goalless in the second half of consecutive games.

After kicking just 0.4 in the second half against Hawthorn last week, sixth-placed GWS managed just 0.5 after halftime.

The Bulldogs scored well from stoppages and their pressure and slicker ball movement proved too much for GWS, who showed little fight and look to be limping into the finals.

The game settled down after an exhilarating first quarter shootout in which the Bulldogs kicked seven goals to the Giants five.

Bulldogs’ Jack McRae racked up a match-high 39 possessions, making it ten straight games he has accrued at least 30 touches.

The fast-starting Bulldogs kicked the first three goals inside six minutes.

GWS kicked six of the next seven goals either side of halftime to lead by 15, as their runners Zac Willams, Toby Greene and Lachie Whitfield got going.

The Bulldogs, who had four more inside 50s in the quarter, then kicked the last two goals of the first half go in trailing by just three points.

After GWS started the third quarter with four straight behinds, the visitors slammed on the only five goals of the term and shut down the home team’s run.

Both teams went in without their designated ruckman, with the Giants’ Shane Mumford and the Bulldogs’ Tim English both falling sick and replaced by Dawson Simpson and Lewis Young respectively.

GWS won the hitouts 61-32 but the Bulldogs dominated at ground level with 19 more tackles and 20 more contested possessions.

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WESTERN BULLDOGS 7.1 9.3 14.9 19.12 (126)

GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 5.3 9.6 9.10 9.11 (65)

Goals: Western Bulldogs: J Schache 3 A Naughton 2 B Dale 2 J Dunkley 2 P Lipinski 2 S Lloyd 2 T Dickson 2 B Smith E Richards L Hunter T Duryea. Greater Western Sydney: H Himmelberg 2 L Keeffe 2 T Greene 2 A Kennedy A Tomlinson L Whitfield.

Umpires: Matt Stevic, Curtis Deboy, Leigh Fisher.

Official Crowd: 10,139 at Giants Stadium.