“He’s a great player, it’s a bit of a sigh of relief – there’s no doubt about it. But Leon came up to me and said straight away, lock into (Sam) Reid, get the job done.”
Corr received a brutal welcome back to the big time in the first quarter, slammed to the ground by a crunching Isaac Heeney tackle. “That was a ripper, that was a free hit,” he said. “Tim Taranto probably owes me a beer for that one, it was a suicide handball.”
That moment aside, Corr and the rest of the GWS backline rarely put a foot wrong. The Swans battled hard and were a little less predictable without go-to man Franklin but were kept on a leash all night. Nick Haynes was fantastic, his intercept marking consistently foiling many of Sydney’s attacks, and the run from half-back of Zac Williams spurring on many of their own.
It leaves Cameron and his coaching staff with a nightmare task in finding a way to fit Davis, who should be fine to face St Kilda on Saturday in Canberra, back into the mix. “Lucky I’m not in match committee – that’s a tough one,” Corr said.
“Everyone played pretty well. That’s up to Leon. Phil’s coming back in, I want to play, everyone’s putting their hand up.”
The Giants have two other injury concerns to star players – Lachie Whitfield played out of the goalsquare as he dealt with a corked leg while acting skipper Stephen Coniglio wore a glove in the second half after dislocating a finger. Both of them played out the match under duress and had an impact, kicking a combined six goals between them – but like with Davis, Cameron won’t be taking any risks.
“Coniglio was really brave to play on, we don’t know how bad it is,” Cameron said. “For his build, Lachie is as hard as anyone at our footy club, and he cracks in probably too much at times, and he’s really sore … we’ll assess that during the week.”