GWS forward Toby Greene was instrumental in the Giants’ big win over Sydney on Saturday, although the main talking point from Greene’s performance revolves around several making contests he was involved in.
Greene used his feet to hold off defenders on numerous occasions throughout the match, kicking Zak Jones in the shoulder and Nic Newman in the stomach during two separate incidents.
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This follows on from one of the most talked about incidents last season, in which Greene kicked Bulldog Luke Dahlhaus in the head and sent him off with a blood rule as he tried to rake in an errant handball.
Despite Greene’s history, Giants coach Leon Cameron didn’t have a problem with Greene’s antics, merely suggesting the star forward was protecting himself.
“I know he was in strife last year against the Western Bulldogs but that was different because it wasn’t in a marking contest, it was a free ball,” Cameron said post-game.
“You’ve got to be able to protect yourself when people are coming back into your space on the mark.
“I don’t want to talk about his (marking) style too much because I reckon we’ll get away from what he did, and that was kick three goals in a big final.”
Greene impressed with 27 disposals and 3.3 on Saturday, in his first game since Round 20, and fifth since Round 5.
“It was a phenomenal effort,” Cameron added.
“It hasn’t worked for Toby this year, but to step up on the big stage and do what he did, I’m not responsible for teaching him that, that’s in him.
“We’re rapt that he’s at our footy club and our boys love playing with him.
“He wants to play competitive footy and his teammates no doubt walk a lot taller when he’s out there.
“He just plays a super-competitive brand and he wants to win every contest and having guys like that in our front end makes our work up the field a lot easier.”
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