Cameron stands by Coniglio call

13 September 2020 19:41:04 GMTPlus10

GWS coach Leon Cameron has stood by his decision to axe Stephen Coniglio as the Giants suffered another defeat against Melbourne Demons.

The Giants are now in serious danger of missing out on the top eight and need to beat St Kilda next week and hope that other results go their way.

Cameron made the huge call on Friday to leave Coniglio out of his side following a poor run of form, and even though the statistics looked better, they still suffered a five-point loss.

Coniglio is by no means certain to return against Saints in the do-or-die clash on Friday and Cameron has suggested he would axe more big names if it was for the good of the team.

"I understand it was a huge decision for our footy club, but myself and Stephen and our match committee understand he's been out of form, and it's been for a few weeks," Cameron said.

"We made that really tough call, but if there have to be more tough calls next week, there will be, because our season's been like that. We haven't turned up all the time.

"You don't go out and deliberately (make selection statements). You look at the cold hard facts and he understands the areas of his game he wants to get better at."

All eyes are now on the St Kilda game and Cameron, who accepts the chance to play finals is out of their hands, is demanding an improvement.

"We've had a jammed up 14 days (of games) and I can't question some of the effort out there today. There's no doubt we were out on our feet in the last quarter, on a four-day break," he added.

"But it's pointless having effort then a lack of composure. It's pointless having effort then a lack of fundamentals."

GWS are priced at 5212/1 to make the grand final.

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