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Adam Curley, AFL Media  April 12, 2018 9:01 AM

Last Time They Met: GIANTS v Fremantle Look back to the last time the GIANTS and Fremantle played each other. The GIANTS ran out 12 point winners in an epic contest.
Jeremy Cameron will need to continue his strong goalkicking form if the GIANTS are to overcome an in-form Fremantle on Saturday. - GWS Giants,Fremantle,Fremantle Dockers,AFL,UNSW Canberra Oval

Jeremy Cameron will need to continue his strong goalkicking form if the GIANTS are to overcome an in-form Fremantle on Saturday.

SUMMARY
After escaping a suspension for his hit on Gold Coast midfielder Jarryd Lyons, Fremantle ruck Aaron Sandilands looms as a key player against the GIANTS in Canberra. The veteran gets his hands on the footy so much around stoppages that his onballers get plenty of opportunities, and with Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe in stunning form, the Dockers will be looking to gain control of the midfield battle.

Fyfe and Lachie Neale shared 21 clearances against the Suns but GIANTS star Stephen Coniglio has started the season brilliantly, and with Josh Kelly, Dylan Shiel and Callan Ward alongside him, the GIANTS' midfield runs far deeper than Fremantle.

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Docker defender Alex Pearce has taken some big-name scalps so far this year in his return to footy and gun GIANT Jeremy Cameron might be the next forward in his sights this week, but if the home side can give him decent supply, stopping Cameron might be his hardest task of the season.

WHERE AND WHEN: UNSW Canberra Oval, Saturday, April 14, 1.45pm AEST
TV AND RADIO: Click here for broadcast guide

LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R19, 2017, GIANTS 13.20 (98) d Fremantle 13.8 (86) at Spotless Stadium
R22, 2016, GIANTS 19.15 (129) d Fremantle 5.7 (37) at Spotless Stadium
R7, 2016, GIANTS 14.11 (95) d Fremantle 11.11 (77) at Subiaco Oval
R18, 2015, Fremantle 12.12 (84) d GIANTS 9.9 (63) at Subiaco Oval
R17, 2014, Fremantle 21.10 (136) d GIANTS 9.6 (60) at Subiaco Oval

THE SIX POINTS
1. The GIANTS trailed by 15 points at three-quarter time against the Dockers in 2017 before kicking five final-quarter goals to two. Stephen Coniglio starred with 27 disposals and six tackles.

2. GIANTS are ranked fourth for inside 50s and second for marks inside 50; Fremantle is ninth for inside 50s and equal 12thfor marks.

3. The GIANTS and Dockers will clash for the eighth time and Fremantle holds a narrow advantage, winning four games to three. Fremantle won the first four games, but the GIANTS have won the past three.

4. Fremantle's scoring has improved this season; in 2017 the Dockers averaged just 73 points per game, but so far in 2018 they're averaging 87. The GIANTS are ranked second for scoring in 2018, kicking 105 points per game.

5. The GIANTS have dominated their opposition at UNSW Canberra Oval recently winning their last seven matches, including three by more than 80 points. Fremantle has played in Canberra once before in round 15, 2002, losing to North Melbourne by one point.

6. It's hard to believe the Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe (51st) isn't ranked inside the top 50 of the Schick Official AFL Player Ratings, but coming off 38 possessions, 14 clearances, eight tackles, seven inside 50s and a goal, he'll be roaring up the rankings in no time.

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR…
Fremantle forward Cam McCarthy starred the last time he was in Canberra with five goals as the GIANTS beat Gold Coast in round four, 2015, and he'll need another big haul if the Dockers are to beat his old side.