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NEAFL: Swans spread pays dividends

NEAFL Review Rd 6 - 15th May 2018 Angus Styles reviews the Round 6 clash between the Swans and the Giants.

First-year Swan Angus Styles has praised the even spread of contributors in the NEAFL side’s 31-point win over the Giants last Saturday.

Sydney posted its first victory of the season in the Round 6 showdown at Spotless Stadium.

It was the first time Styles had tasted victory since signing with the Swans last November and the 19-year-old said a long list of players fired.

“The usual suspects like Darcy Cameron and Colin O’Riordan were terrific,” Styles said.

“Colin’s really important for us in the backline and Nic Newman had the ball on a string as usual and they were all instrumental.

“We had been very young down back without Harry Marsh over the past few weeks and it probably showed a couple of times. To have his leadership and someone who really stands up when it matters is really valuable.

“Adam Tipungwuti stood out for me. His forward pressure was outstanding and he kicked a few goals.”

Cameron held his own in the ruck against GWS big man Dawson Simpson, who ahead of the Sydney Derby had ranked second for most hit-outs per game.

The towering Swan collected 14 possessions, 21 hit-outs and a pair of goals as he continued to impact in the ruck and when rotating through the forward line.

The 204-centimetre giant is blossoming under the guidance of senior ruckmen Callum Sinclair and Sam Naismith, as well as former West Coast Eagles big man Dean Cox, who is now a midfield coach at the Swans.

Cameron is lending a helping hand of his own in working in tandem with 18-year-old ruckman-forward Joel Amartey and has won the majority of his rucking duels this season.

O’Riordan offers strong rebound off half-back and finds plenty of the Sherrin in defence and the midfield.

The Irishman is in his third season at the Swans and registered 33 touches, 12 marks and five tackles in the Giants clash and slammed home a goal from outside 50 in the final quarter.

Newman and Marsh have both tasted AFL duty and the two experienced cogs fired in defence and on the ball.

Newman finished with a game-high 40 disposals and recorded 10 marks and eight tackles, while Marsh reeled in 38 touches, nine marks, seven tackles and two goals.

The Rookie Draft picks steer the ship as the Swans work to set up a strong structure behind the ball and play lockdown roles on the most damaging forwards in the competition when on NEAFL duty.

But it’s of no surprise NEAFL debutant Tipungwuti caught Styles’ attention on Saturday.

The Swans called upon the services of the Western Suburbs livewire and he snagged a game-high three goals and collected 16 possessions.

The small forward is a second cousin of Essendon star Anthony McDonald Tipungwuti, who has made a name for himself in the AFL through outstanding chase-down tackles and stunning goals on the run.

For his cousin’s first goal of the game in the match with the Giants, the newcomer soccered the ball from congestion into a barren forward 50, kept the football in front of him and again put the ground-ball on the toe for the Swans’ second goal of the afternoon.

Styles has played in defence, on the wing and as a forward in his first season in Swans colours and said the side was thrilled to collect the four competition points.

“We knew we were overdue for a win,” Styles said.

“We had had a couple of opportunities over the past couple of weeks but weren’t able to get it done so we were very pleased to get the win.”