Player ratings: Sydney Swans vs Greater Western Sydney Giants, Round 3, 2018

That was a cracking way to get back on the winners sheet. Not so much the way we let them back into the match in the last quarter, but easily the 3 and half quarters up until that point.

Sam Reid kicks that goal in the last, it's all over red rover. But perhaps it wouldn't have provided Buddy his platform to do what he does best. Phil Davis had him covered inside 50, but outside of 50, Franklin dominated.

This goal may well be my new favourite from Franklin...

https://twitter.com/AFL/status/982589201718829056

The Giants chucked Patton in the ruck and he had a great game, but in the end, it was Sinclair that profited the most.

B: Jake Lloyd, Heath Grundy, Nick Smith
HB: Callum Mills, Lewis Melican, Dane Rampe
C: Isaac Heeney, Luke Parker, Gary Rohan
HF: George Hewett, Lance Franklin, Harry Cunningham
F: Kieren Jack, Sam Reid, Tom Papley
FOL: Callum Sinclair, Josh P. Kennedy, Dan Hannebery
I/C: Jarrad McVeigh, Will Hayward, Oliver Florent, Dean Towers

3: Jarrad McVeigh
7.5
Controlled the ball beautifully in the second half and proved to be influential as the game wore on.
4: Dan Hannebery
7
Another solid game on his return to football.
7: Harry Cunningham
6.5
Did some good things, struggled at times and went off with a leg injury late on.
9: Will Hayward
8.5
Arguably his best game for the Swans to date. Finished with 2 goals from 18 disposals.
12: Josh Kennedy
8
Was OK, grew into the game as it wore on and was influential in the last quarter
13: Oliver Florent
7
He's getting better. Was on the periphery but cracked in hard in the second half and won a few balls.
14: Callum Mills
8.5
Best game for the Swans. An absolute rock in defence and deservedly won the Brett Kirk medal.
15: Kieren Jack
7.5
Another good game. Constantly drove the ball forward despite the disposal inefficiency.
16: Gary Rohan
7
Snagged two goals and got involved in the last quarter. Still unsighted for two quarters.
18: Callum Sinclair
9
Probably his best game for the Swans. Finished with 123 AFL Ratings points, 3 goals, 45 hit outs and 15 disposals - 11 of them contested. Had 4 score involvements and 6 clearances. A massive game.
20: Sam Reid
7.5
Did exactly what we said he had to do in the cast - provide a contest. Brought the ball to ground and when he marked it, he banged it home.
22: Dean Towers
6.5
Not really sure what his role was, but he did some good things throughout the match, just looked to be ineffective.
23: Lance Franklin
9
Don't judged him by his goals, judge him by his influence. 2 goals, 22 disposals, 10 marks, 9 score involvements and 9 inside 50s.
24: Dane Rampe
7
Still working on his comeback. Cameron didn't dominate him for a change.
26: Luke Parker
8
Consistently good throughout the match.
29: George Hewett
8.5
Did Lachie Whitfield even play? Comprehensively shut down, took almost 2 quarters for Lachie to register his first kick. Another unbelievable tagging job.
39: Heath Grundy
7.5
Wasn't beaten often and was solid in possession.
40: Nick Smith
7
Another solid game but Coniglio is a bloody strong man. Had a few kicked on him.
11: Tom Papley
8
This is the sort of game he needs to play, great midfield pressure and superb forward line play. Just kick that goal in the last quarter, please!
43: Lewis Melican
7.5
Bounced back superbly from his shocker last week.
44: Jake Lloyd
7.5
Death by a thousand cuts. He's a ninja in red and white, you never see him but he's there, lurking in the shadows.
5: Isaac Heeney
8.5
Bart Simpson's 'supoib' works best. His ability to take overhead marks is as understated as it gets. Was fantastic throughout.
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