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Giants keep final hopes alive

GWS Giants are back inside the top eight after a 38-point win over the Dockers at Optus Stadium.


Jake Riccardi and Jeremy Cameron booted four goals each to give the Fremantle defence regular headaches.


It was the Dockers poorest effort in some time falling away to a 14.7.91 to 8.5.53 loss.


David Mundy and Matt Taberner kicked two goals each but the midfield didn't win enough ball to provide their forwards enough opportunity.


Dockers coach Justin Longmuir said that the performance was disappointing from the start.


"We got smacked around the ball and got beaten at the contest early which gave them field position. They were bigger and stronger and more desperate, which is disappointing.


"What we were doing up the ground didn’t help, but I thought we let GWS play the game on their terms too often and the scoreboard reflected that. I thought they did some smart things with their forwards, they sacrificed for each other to create one-on-ones and we didn’t handle that at all."


Defender Luke Ryan handed heavily in the final quarter and came from the ground. Longmuir admitted he could be in doubt for Wednesdays match against the Tigers.


"He landed heavily in a marking contest against (Ian) Hill, he hurt his hip. It just looks like it’s bruised but he was a bit sore. There’s no point leaving him out there if he’s sore, so we decided to take him off."


Longmuir said they would consider making changes to their side off the four day break and if they didn't for this week's game then a five day break following would mean some players may need a rest.


IMAGE: AAP

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