IT’S payback time.
GWS Giants forward Jonathon Patton can remember when the Sydney Swans showed no mercy to their cross-town little brothers.
But fresh from a match-winning six-goal performance against Port Adelaide, Patton is ready to land the knockout blow on the struggling Swans in their derby on Saturday night.
The Giants beat the Swans twice last year but have never triumphed at Sydney’s home ground, the SCG.
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Saturday’s 12th instalment of the Sydney derby shapes as one of the most important yet because the Swans’ season is on the ropes at 0-4 and history already suggests they can’t make the finals.
Among the Giants’ thrashings in their early days was a 129-point hammering at the SCG in 2013.
“You always remember the time when we were getting smashed by 100 points,” Patton said.
“We need to simply win the game. If we win by a point, that will be enough. We have never beaten them at the SCG, so it’s a big challenge for us.”
Like the rest of the AFL world, Patton has looked on with surprise as last year’s grand finalists stumbled to their worst start in 24 years.
But they are set to get as many as five of their best 22 back from injury for Saturday’s match, including Kurt Tippett, Jarrad McVeigh, Isaac Heeney, Sam Naismith and Gary Rohan.
“We aren’t going to take them lightly at all,” Patton said.
“They haven’t had a great start but they have so many quality players it’s only a matter of time before they start to play their usual good footy. There’s always that added pressure around the ball and everyone wants to perform well, especially against the Swans.”
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AFL: GWS Giants press conference following their clash with Port Adelaide.
There is sure to be plenty of fire in the match following the spiteful qualifying final match last year when Steve Johnson hit Swans skipper Josh Kennedy and Shane Mumford sledged Lance Franklin about his mental health issues.
“That first final was really big for us — it cemented the rivalry,” Patton said.
“The feeling has really been there since we had the first win against them in round one in 2014.”
The stakes will be enormous for both teams.
The Swans are desperate for their first win and the Giants will be looking to consolidate on their three victories since their shock belting by Adelaide in the first round.
Originally published as Giants can smell Bloods for derby
SOURCE: newsnow sport