GWS coach Leon Cameron has lauded Sam Taylor’s “unbelievably superior” affect after the inexperienced defender performed a vital function within the Giants’ beautiful 19-point upset of Geelong.
Coming off a five-day break, the Giants made eight compelled adjustments to their group and picked 10 gamers with fewer than 25 video games’ expertise for the GMHBA Stadium conflict.
Taylor stood tall as a part of an undermanned defensive unit, limiting Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins to 1 objective and repelling numerous Cats’ assaults.
It was the 22-year-old’s fifth sport again from an ankle harm that sidelined him for nearly two months.
“If he wasn’t injured all through the center of the yr, he’d be in all probability in line for his first All-Australian (jumper),” Cameron stated.
“He reads the ball so effectively, he desires to tackle the massive forwards and clearly there’s none larger than Hawkins.
“He is an exquisite participant and (Taylor) will be taught quite a bit from that.”
Geelong reduce a 38-point margin again to 9 factors within the remaining time period and had sufficient time to steal a come-from-behind win.
However the Giants finally held agency below stress for a gutsy victory that boosted their finals probabilities, with Taylor a central determine within the closing levels.
“Sam’s important final quarter was simply first-class,” Cameron stated.
“He likes these huge moments and he appears to maintain doing them week in week out.
“Our boys simply develop a lot confidence when he is on the market.”
Taylor performed 22 video games in his breakout second season, in 2019, and featured within the Giants’ grand remaining loss to Richmond that yr.
However he managed simply 4 video games final season as a uncommon an infection left him unable to stroll correctly for 3 months and induced him to lose 11kg.
“He needed to begin once more and he did that and he obtained his pre-season proper,” Cameron stated.
“We have been having an awesome season with him after which we misplaced him with the ankle harm however Sammy’s come again and actually stamped his significance with our again seven.”
GWS at the moment are of their eighth week on the highway, having fled coronavirus-hit Sydney in late June.
Gamers and employees have been buoyed this week after they have been reunited with their households at their short-term base in Melbourne after weeks aside.
The Giants subsequent tackle Richmond within the penultimate home-and-away spherical because the finals race nears its climax.