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Adam Curley, AFL Media  June 7, 2018 9:54 AM

Last Time We Met: Round 2, 2017 The GIANTS beat the Suns on April Fools Day in a rare early season match at Spotless Stadium, in round 2, 2017.

SUMMARY
The under-fire GIANTS pulled off one of this season's biggest upsets when they beat the Crows for the first time in Adelaide last week, and the Suns will need to find their own response after being mauled by the Cats in their return to Metricon Stadium. Leon Cameron's team was ferocious in laying 96 tackles against the Crows, with youngsters like Tim Taranto, Daniel Lloyd and Zac Langdon leading the way, and Stephen Coniglio, Josh Kelly and Dylan Shiel dominant around the footy.

In contrast, Gold Coast laid just 41 tackles against Geelong and if it turns up with that lack of effort against the GIANTS, it could be another ugly loss for the visitors. Gun forward Tom Lynch doesn't have a great record against the GIANTS and the star Sun needs to win his battle with GIANT Phil Davis to give his side any hope of a positive result this week. After halting their four-game losing streak against Adelaide, the GIANTS will be keen to maintain their momentum ahead of their round 13 bye.

WHERE AND WHEN: Spotless Stadium, Saturday, June 9, 4.35pm AEST

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LAST FIVE MEETINGS
R2, 2017, GIANTS 24.16 (160) d Gold Coast 8.10 (58) at Spotless Stadium
R20, 2016, GIANTS 14.8 (92) d Gold Coast 13.6 (84) at Metricon Stadium
R8, 2016, GIANTS 22.17 (149) d Gold Coast 9.4 (58) at Spotless Stadium
R16, 2015, GIANTS 13.16 (94) d Gold Coast 12.7 (79) at Metricon Stadium
R4, 2015, GIANTS 16.23 (119) d Gold Coast 7.11 (53) at UNSW Canberra Oval

THE SIX POINTS
1. The GIANTS thrashed the Suns the last time the sides played, dominating the second half by kicking 14 goals to three. Jeremy Cameron booted six goals and Toby Greene five.

2. Gold Coast has struggled to score in the past two weeks; it has kicked an average of just 39 points per game. In its last two final quarters it has kicked one behind.

3. After the Suns won four of the first five clashes between the sides the GIANTS have dominated since, winning the past five matches including two of the last three by more than 90 points.

4. Both teams have struggled kicking for goal this season; Gold Coast is ranked 15thfor accuracy at 43.4 per cent, just ahead of the GIANTS who sit 17that 41.7 per cent.

5. The GIANTS have started slowly at Spotless Stadium this season losing two of three games. It defeated Brisbane in round six before losing to West Coast and Essendon. Gold Coast has four losses from five interstate games in 2018.

6. Suns star Tom Lynch continues to slide in the Schick AFL Player Ratings, after being ranked 42nd after round two, he's now 68th.

IT’S A BIG WEEK FOR…
GIANTS co-captain Phil Davis will renew acquaintances with Gold Coast counterpart Tom Lynch and he'll be keen to maintain his good record against the star key forward, after he kept the Sun goalless in round two last season.