The Lance and Luke show has helped set up a 25-point victory for Sydney over GWS, with Giants coach Leon Cameron believing some AFL pundits might be re-evaluating their gloomy pre-season expectations of the Swans.
Lance Franklin kicked four goals for the third straight round and midfield dynamo Luke Parker continued his hot start to the season by earning the Brett Kirk Medal for best on ground in 14.9 (93) to 10.8 (68) victory at the SCG on Saturday.
The Swans moved to 3-0 and top of the table after an eighth win in nine games over the Giants, who have lost all four SCG clashes they’ve contested.
GWS slashed a 31-point last quarter deficit to 12, but Sydney led for all the game bar a brief period in the second term.
On a day when Swans supporters paid tribute at halftime to club games record holder Adam Goodes and fellow premiership winner Mike Pyke, Sydney displayed a touch much polish and consistency.
Franklin tallied 18 disposals and six marks in a busy display and his haul included one booming set shot goal from just over 55 metres.
“His work rate has been really solid,” Swans coach John Longmire said of Franklin.
“He’s another one that has had a good pre-season so he’s banking on that, getting the benefit of that.
“But probably the good thing is that it’s been a young forward group we’ve had up there and at times we didn’t look as good as what we could have, but he was able to straighten things up.”
Parker notched 30 possessions, seven marks, six tackles and a goal in another typical all-action performance.
“There was a couple of big 50-50 balls in the centre of the ground at times that he went for that helped set the tone for our midfield group and the team,” Longmire said.
“What’s been consistent over the first three weeks has been our good players, our leaders, our senior blokes have been playing pretty well.
Most of the key statistical categories were pretty close, with the exception of Sydney’s 67-47 advantage in inside 50s.
“They were just a little bit too good for us for most of the game,” Giants coach Leon Cameron said.
“They set standards they live by every time they play and that’s why clearly they are a top four side again.
“Those people who probably wrote them off at the start of the year are probably thinking twice. Midfielders Dylan Shiel and Lachie Whitfield each tallied 28 touches for GWS.
Cameron was pleased with the way his back seven performed but disappointed with his forwards.