As derbies go, it’s only early days

SYDNEY 3.4 8.6 14.10 19.18 (132) GWS 1.2 2.5 4.7 5.8 (38) GOALS Sydney: Jetta 3, Goodes 2, McGlynn 2, Kennedy 2, Jack 2, Roberts-Thomson 2, Reid 2, Everitt, Hannebery, Pyke, Mumford. GWS: Ward, Cameron, Giles, Palmer, Greene.
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IT COULD be that by about Sydney Derby VIII or maybe X, the battle between the city’s two clubs may finally be a contest worth the hype.

For the time being they will go the way we all expect – the Swans will comfortably win, the Giants will try hard, and the match will do very little to capture the hearts and enthusiasm of Sydney sporting fans.

But in time that will change, when the promise that is the Giants is fulfilled, and the contest for the best AFL team in Sydney isn’t as lopsided. But now, it’s tilted in one direction.

In front of a disappointing ANZ Stadium crowd of just 22,565 – well shy of the season-opening crowd of 38,203, and the second-lowest Swans crowd at the venue in the decade they have been playing there – Sydney showed absolutely no mercy to its cross-town counterparts, eventually being able to break the early shackles and record a percentage-boosting 94-point win.

It clearly eclipsed the 63-point margin from when the clubs met in round one, and while the Giants have improved markedly since then, last night’s result also clearly showed the Swans too have stepped up, and the way they clinically went about their job, are a top-four candidate.

Sydney jumped out to an early lead booting the first three goals of the night, and predictions of a massacre appeared on track.

But to their credit the Giants managed to stifle the Swans attack, with some tenacious tackling (they won the quarter 24-9 in the tackle category), and by the time the quarter had drawn to an end, the Swans still only had three goals on the scoreboard.

But in the second term the Swans again got on top early through goals to Josh Kennedy and Adam Goodes, before the Giants again crept back through a great grab and goal from Rhys Palmer. Sydney finished the quarter with goals to Lewis Roberts-Thomson, Lewis Jetta, and Sam Reid on the siren, to lead by 37 points at the main break.

When Giants skipper Callan Ward booted the first goal of the third term, a close contest loomed, but the Swans then kicked the next four to shatter that theory.

With another couple by the last break, the Swans had a 10-goal lead.

The final term saw the Swans kick five goals to one, as they tried to reach the 100-point winning margin.

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