AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Western Bulldogs take early lead over GWS Giants
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Lin Jong has been ruled out by the Bulldogs and Lachie McNeill has been injected into the game as the second term begins.
Dogs still lead 15-8
The Bulldogs had to work for it but they have a small lead over the Giants at quarter-time.
It’s freezing cold and very physical so far with the younger Giants trying to out work the Bulldogs and keep them from bolting forward.
But the Bulldogs found their way forward like with Bruce and Hunter kicking goals.
Injury has hit both sides with Lin Jong suffering a suspected hamstring injury and being helped off the field while Nick Haynes from GWS has been ruled out with his own hamstring injury.
The Giants have lost defender Nick Haynes for the rest of the game due to a hamstring injury with medical sub Tanner Bruhn activated and now on the field.
If Jong is ruled out, both clubs could have their medical subs on field and one player each down with a hamstring injury early into the second term.
Josh Bruce has arrived in this game by running onto a nice pass from Hunter to pull in a mark about 35m out before kicking his first goal from the set shot.
The Dogs are starting to get on top here in very cold conditions with the forecast listing the low temperature as one degree tonight.
Dogs up 15-7 with three minutes left.
Lin Jong just can’t take a trick. The poor fella has gone in for a tackle and had his knee bend and his hamstring over-extend.
He has a trainer under each arm to help him off the field as he is very ginger.
Lachie McNeill is warming up. Very strong chance the Dogs call in their medical sub any minute.
According to Channel Seven, Jong has missed 38 games since 2017 due to injury.
Dogs up 9-7 with four minutes until quarter-time.
The Giants have kept the Bulldogs trapped in their defensive 50m for large parts of this first term but they are starting to find their way forward and Lachie Hunter has just kicked a behind and then kicked a goal in a matter of two minutes.
Hunter’s goal was a snap from the left pocket. He pumped his arms in happiness.
Dogs lead 9-6 with six minutes until quarter-time.
Toby Greene has kicked the opening goal out of nowhere for the Giants running onto the ball from outside 50m and booting home a goal.
He is a class player in this competition. The Dogs have to find a closer match-up for him.
Giants lead 6-1 with 15 minutes gone.
Bulldogs midfielder Lin Jong has had a stack of horrible injuries in recent years but he is back in the side tonight and has picked up three early possessions and taken a mark in the forward-50.
Unfortunately, his kick went wide of the goals. He undoubtedly has a few nerves on return.