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By Adam Curley - AFL Media  March 4, 2016 11:42 PM

Post Match: Leon Cameron GIANTS Coach Leon Cameron speaks to the media after the impressive NAB Challenge win over the Swans at Drummoyne Oval.
There's no doubt there's some extraordinary things that he can do on the footy field.

Run and speed give the GIANTS the winning edge over the Swans in the their second NAB Challenge match at Drummoyne Oval.

The final margin flattered the Swans who had no answer to the outside run and speed of the winners, eventually losing the uncontested possession count 205-155.

GIANTS defender Heath Shaw had 29 disposals and 10 rebound 50's to lead the way, with Nathan Wilson, Zac Williams, Aidan Corr and co-captain Phil Davis part of a dominant backline that created plenty of scoring opportunities.

Midfielders Callan Ward, Ryan Griffen, Dylan Shiel and Lachie Whitfield were the link players to benefit from the outstanding work of the Giants' defence.

Dynamic veteran Steve Johnson was the best forward on the ground and finished with three goals and four inside 50's from 17 possessions in his first outing as a GIANT.

Coach Leon Cameron praised the 2007 Norm Smith medallist, who worked himself into the game towards the end of the opening term and showed he'll add plenty to the team's forward mix.

"There's no doubt there's some extraordinary things that he can do on the footy field," Cameron said.

"The good thing about him is his pressure. He's willing to use his body, and he's really hard and competitive as we know.

"Some of his forward pressure hits to upset the opposition was pleasing.

"We know he is always going to hit the scoreboard and if you have a small or medium forward whose going to kick two or three goals a game it's a bonus, so he's gelled in really well."

Longmire said the Swans allowed the GIANTS too much time and space and paid the price.

"You've really got to measure yourself on your opposition's uncontested possessions, that's a measure of your work rate versus the opposition, both to get the ball and stopping the opposition getting the ball," he said.

"We just thought too often they were able to get the ball from one end of the ground to the other without enough pressure on them.

"It's the ability to use the ball when we have our turn, but the work rate to get across to stop the opposition from using it was probably pretty low.”

The GIANTS take on the Brisbane Lions at Metricon stadium on Sunday week, with Cameron stating he'll take a strong line-up to the Gold Coast for the encounter.