Giants’ game plan unchanged despite injury carnage

Esther Linder |

GWS coach Adam Kingsley wants his players to stick with the team’s game plan.
GWS coach Adam Kingsley wants his players to stick with the team’s game plan.

GWS may be without stars Stephen Coniglio and Sam Taylor, but coach Adam Kingsley says the side’s game plan remains the same. 

One of just two undefeated teams after five games, the Giants hit the road again for a trip to Marvel Stadium to take on a formidable Carlton outfit on Saturday.

Aware the Blues (4-1) could snap their AFL winning streak, Kingsley is urging his players to back their full-throttle philosophy.

“We’ll play the same way – we think it stacks up any time of year against anyone,” the coach said on Thursday.

“So long as we can execute it at a high level, then we’ll give ourselves an opportunity.

“That doesn’t mean we’ll win every game, it doesn’t mean we’ll stop every goal, but we’ll give ourselves a chance to, and that’s all we can ask.”

All-Australian defender Taylor will be sidelined for at least two weeks with concussion after being taken to hospital following a first-quarter head knock with Saints captain Jack Steele last Saturday.

He was stretchered off the field after colliding with Steele at Manuka Oval in Canberra, and Kingsley said he was ruling Taylor out for the Giants’ clash with the Lions on Anzac Day. 

Midfield bull Coniglio was also injured after being tackled by St Kilda’s Mitch Owen in the final term.

Coniglio feared he had ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament, but scans revealed he had sustained a small medial collateral ligament tear.

“Both of them looked a lot worse than what they turned out to be,” Kingsley said.

The Giants' Sam Taylor
The Giants’ Sam Taylor is stretchered off the field after a head clash in the game against St Kilda. (Lukas Coch/AAP PHOTOS)

“Certainly worried when (Taylor) came off. I went and saw him in hospital straight after the game and he was OK.

“He watched the last quarter sitting in hospital, so he recovered pretty quickly.”

James Peatling, after his clutch intercept mark in the dying seconds secured a one-point victory against the Saints, could be a chance of starting after spending the past four rounds as the substitute.

“He’s got great attributes to be a long-term midfielder in the competition, so we’re hoping that eventuates,” Kingsley said. 

“Our system won’t change (but) the people within it occasionally do.”

Veteran midfielder Callan Ward is expected to replace Coniglio after overcoming an opening-round shoulder injury.

Carlton remain without the hamstrung trio of Mitch McGovern, Adam Saad  and Adam Cerra.