Video: Greene fly kick sours Giant win

THE Giants have taken a strong grip on a top two finish with a 48 point win over the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium.

In his first game back from a two week suspension Greene raised his foot in a contest where he jumped for the ball against Bulldog midfielder Luke Dahlhaus and collected him in the face.

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Dahlhaus cops Greene’s studs.Source:Supplied

The incident instantly divided expert opinions with Wayne Carey confident the young Giant would be exonerated.

“He hasn’t got anything to worry about,” Carey said in commentary.

“You are allowed to jump at the footy and put your foot up. I think there is a lot of hysteria surrounding Toby Greene.”

Essendon great Tim Watson said Greene would be in danger of copping his third suspension of the year.

“I think he’s in trouble,” Watson said.

“It is all about intent.”

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury tweeted. “A foot to the head is a free kick but if it was knee would it have been? Never seen that before, initial thought was play-on.”

Greene was already in the bad books with Bulldogs supporters after he was suspended for a week for striking Caleb Daniel in the Giants round six win in Canberra. They booed him every time he went near the ball and cranked it up even louder after the clash.

The clash did little to put him off his game as he looked dangerous every time he went near the ball. He finished with two goals for the match with his first an important one from outside 50 to put the brakes on the opposition who were surging in the second quarter.

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Players wrestle after the Greene incident.Source:Getty Images

The Bulldogs will look to waisted use of the ball in the second quarter when they dominated possession and territory in the second but couldn’t convert. They produced just three goals from 22 inside 50s while the Giants created the same amount from just four. Jake Stringer was the main offender missing three shots during the term.

The Bulldogs were without all but one of their grand final defence and Jonathon Patton took full advantage kicking three of the first four goals of the match with two of the coming from contested marks. He finished with a game high four for the match.

The recent returns of Stephen Coniglio and Jacob Hopper from injury were again pivotal as they opened the game up for the outside runners Dylan Shiel, Lachie Whitfield, Tom Scully and Josh Kelly. Defenders Nick Haynes and Phil Davis were also in good touch conceding just seven goals for the match.

The win was a significant one for the Giants who have lost all three games in Melbourne this year including their last two at Etihad against St Kilda (R7) and Carlton (R12). They also lost their round 18 match against Richmond at the MCG.

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