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September starts now for GWS Giants

Finals come early: Tom Scully says the Giants need to be comfortable winning away from home. Photo: Bradley KanarisGreater Western Sydney are treating this week’s crucial game against bogey side West Coast as a mini final, says midfielder Tom Scully.
Nanjing Night Net

September has come early for the Giants, who face two fellow top-eight sides in the run home starting on Saturday at home against the Eagles.

So closely packed are the teams in the top eight, the Giants fell from second to fourth despite defeating Gold Coast on the weekend, their fourth victory on the trot. They must continue winning to remain in the top four but even then that may not be enough with percentages set to decide which clubs get the double chance.

While Leon Cameron’s team will start favourites this week they have a terrible record against last year’s grand finalist, losing all four encounters by an average margin of 95 points.

But the cards are stacked in their favour this week as they are playing at home, where they have lost only once this year, against a team that has travelled poorly.

At the very least the game should give the Giants, who have not played a top eight side in two months, a preview of what lies ahead of them in the finals.

“West Coast are vying for a similar position to us; we view this week as a mini final, no doubt,” Scully said.

“All three games are like mini finals for us in terms of determining where we finish this year.”

At face value, the Giants were guilty of blowing a golden opportunity for a percentage booster against the lowly Suns though the game was the last of four consecutive road trips. That they were able to win all four games, Scully said, was a sign of the club’s growing maturity.

“This year we’ve had a win in Perth and a win in Adelaide as well – we haven’t done that in the past,” Scully said.

“They’re only small milestones but in our eyes they’re fairly significant in terms of being able to win on the road. It’s crucially important for us heading into a finals series. Chances are we may have to head on the road.

“We need to be comfortable winning away from home and we need to be able to do it more times than not.”

The Giants host Fremantle the following week before finishing the home and away season with a trip to Etihad Stadium to take on North Melbourne, who are yet to seal a finals berth.

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