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GIANTS Media  March 25, 2016 9:36 AM

Stephen Coniglio is one of three GIANTS to play NEAFL on the comeback from injury.

Stephen Coniglio is one of three GIANTS to play NEAFL on the comeback from injury.

The Western Sydney University (WSU) GIANTS will take on the Swans reserves in a final NEAFL trial match at Blacktown International Sportspark on Saturday. 

With the NEAFL opener just over a week away, the two Sydney reserves sides will clash in a final hit-out before the season proper. 

The GIANTS will be stocked with senior talent with Stephen Coniglio, Tim Mohr and Nick Haynes to all play on the comeback trail from injury.

Coniglio, who was elevated to the leadership group this week, suffered a slight hamstring strain at training a few weeks ago. Having not played since February 25, the decision was made to get game time into him at NEAFL level.

Key defender Mohr will take to the field for the first time since May last year when he re-injured his knee in his only appearance last season. 

Mohr has recovered from back-to-back ACL surgeries to take to the field again and push for a senior spot. 

Fellow defender Nick Haynes will also play some game time after rehabilitation from pre-season groin surgery.

This is the WSU GIANTS’ second pre-season match up against the Swans after a comfortable 65-point victory at Tom Wills Oval a fortnight ago.

That followed strong performances from Academy draftees Harrison Himmelberg and Jacob Hopper which helped the WSU GIANTS defeat a Canberra composite side by 44 points.

Draftees Jacob Hopper, Matthew Kennedy, Matthew Flynn and Harrison Himmelberg will be back in action with Hopper fully recovered from a minor concussion suffered in the opening quarter of the last Swans match.

The WSU GIANTS open their NEAFL campaign against Sydney University at Henson Park in Marrickville at 2pm on Sunday, April 3.