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Giants ready for hot AFL finals debut

AAP logoAAP 9/09/2016 By Adrian Warren

Sydney are determined not to be jumped again by a GWS Giants side ready to match the Swans' renowned midfield ferocity in front of the largest crowd ever to witness the AFL's youngest club.

More than 60,00 fans are expected to attend Saturday's final Australian rules game at ANZ Stadium and the first Sydney finals derby.

ANZ Stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Giants' training base and the Olympic Park precinct was getting behind their local side on Friday.

One hotel was getting festooned in Giants' orange and travellers emerging from Olympic Park train station heard the club song blaring out of loudspeakers.

The two Sydney derbies earlier in the season were won by the home team, but the Swans' 42-point loss at Spotless Stadium was their heaviest defeat of the season.

"They were physical, they were ready to go," Swans' forward Gary Rohan told AAP.

"This time I think we've got to be on the front foot first instead of waiting for what they are going to dish up.

"We need to get our hands on the ball and put our bodies on the line and go from there."

Giants' co-captain Phil Davis said the Swans' greatest strength was their midfield.

All-Australians Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery and Luke Parker plus emerging star Tom Mitchell will do battle with Giants Callan Ward, Stephen Coniglio and Dylan Shiel.

"They are the best contested ball side in the comp, they are a very good clearance side, so if we can match it inside with them, it will give us every chance," Davis said.

"If you look at all the games this year the Swans are involved in, they are the highest pressure games.

"Once you go into a final the pressure is going to increase even more from that, so it's going to be hot football in there."

Davis will renew his established rivalry with Swans spearhead Lance Franklin.

Franklin's 74 goals are almost three times more than the next best Swan, while the Giants have four players who have kicked 34 or more majors.

Although Sydney have nine more players with finals experience, they have five first-season players to just one for GWS.

SYDNEY SWANS 1st (17-5) V GWS GIANTS 4TH (16-6)

* ll-time head-to-head: Swans 8-2

* Season head-to-head: 1-1, Swans 14.9 (93) Giants 10.8 (68), SCG rd 3, Giants 15.15 (105) Swans 9.9 (63) Spotless Stadium, rd 12

* Record at ANZ Stadium: Swans 32-22, Giants 0-3

* Points for: Swans 2221 (4th in comp) Giants 2380 (2nd)

* Points against: Swans (1469, 1st in comp) Giants 1663 (4th)

* Leading goalkicker; Swans: Lance Franklin 74 (2nd in comp), Giants: Jeremy Cameron (49, 7th)

* Most possessions: Swans: Dan Hannebery 688, (3rd in comp), Giants: Stephen Coniglio (591, 20th)

* Players with finals experience: Swans 15, Giants 6

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