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GWS is looking to hold onto its spot in the top eight as it faces Gold Coast in a unique expansion derby in country Victoria.

The Giants (7-7-1, 97.1%) has spent just two weeks in the finals places this year but can hold onto eighth – or even rise into seventh – with a win today.

The Suns (5-10, 88%) shocked the footy world with last week’s upset of Richmond which they’ll be hoping sparks a strong end to the season.

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There were no late changes for either side. Jeremy Finlayson (GWS) and Rory Atkins (GCS) were named as the medical subs.

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A howling breeze favoured the Giants to open the match, but the side was unable to make the most of the advantage despite a brilliant goal from Toby Greene from outside 50 to open the game.

The Suns were fantastic around the contest and linked up well through the middle, led by star midfielder Touk Miller, who hit the scoreboard with a goal.

Harry Himmelberg kicked a goal late in the first term to give the Giants the lead.

For the Suns, there was a nasty injury blow with Hugh Greenwood jarring his knee late in the opening term. He limped from the ground and was subbed out before the start of the second term.

The Suns had the wind in the second quarter but much of the opening stages saw their offensive charges repelled by the Giants.

There was another injury concern for a star on the field, with Lachie Whitfield coming from the ground after a contested mark that saw him cop a head knock.

Both sides traded goals as the backhalf of the second quarter unfolded.

This match gets underway at 12:40pm EST from Ballarat’s Mars Stadium.

Watch it live on Fox Footy (channel 504), or stream it on Kayo, from 12:30pm EST.

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