Tim Taranto recently returned from a long-term shoulder injury, but was able to produce some magic on and off the pitch after dropping the f-bomb in a live post-match interview.
Toby Greene has reignited GWS's hunt for a maiden AFL premiership, booting five clutch goals to deliver his team a 12-point win over Richmond in a much closer match than last year's grand final.
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GWS, desperate to make a statement after slipping to 13th on the ladder, were far from faultless but dug deep to prevail 9.8 (62) to 6.14 (50).
Taranto helped out his team with an impressive 18 disposals, six clearances and five inside 50s.
But it was his magic interview post-match that had fans sharing a laugh on social media.
Giants veteran Phil Davis took the microphone in a roaming interview for Channel Seven and after interviewing a number of teammates he reached the 22-year-old.
But after Davis asked how it felt to get a win after a long lay-off, Taranto dropped the ‘magic’ before trying to apologise.
“Oh, it’s f***ing — oh sh*t, sorry!” Taranto said, before looking sheepish.
“Yeah it’s good, very good, sorry guys.
“It was a much-needed win and very glad we got the four points.”
David immediately looked up with surprise before continuing the interview.
Tim Taranto dropping the magic 😂
— Jacob Landsmeer (@jlandsme_93) July 24, 2020
Tim Taranto dropping the F bomb is the best thing tonight 😂😂😂😂 #AFLGiantsTigers
— 𝗞𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗮 𝗞𝗹𝗮𝘆 🌩🇦🇺 (@RealDealDan16) July 24, 2020
Tim Taranto just swore on TV I’m in tears over here
— Functional Loz i want to go back to 2017 (@snowformhawk) July 24, 2020
Tim Taranto best on ground with that performance on the mic then. #AFLGiantsTigers
— Charlie Cosgrove (@thefootyfrank) July 24, 2020
GWS defeat Tigers in GF rematch
Greene, who returned from a sore shin, kicked a goal in every quarter to be best on ground in Friday night's arm-wrestle at Giants Stadium.
Last year's Norm Smith medallist Dustin Martin ignited a third-quarter comeback with two quick goals, while Shai Bolton threatened to snatch victory for the visitors in a frantic final quarter.
But it was Greene who fittingly delivered the sealer for GWS with a tick over five minutes remaining in the contest, crumbing what proved to be the only goal in the fourth term.
Lachie Whitfield, who was shifted off the wing and unleashed as a rebounding defender, and Josh Kelly were also dominant for the hosts.
Captain Stephen Coniglio, under pressure to lift given his club had dropped four of six games after the COVID-19 shutdown, was also heavily influential.
"It was backs against the walls sort of stuff," Greene told the Seven Network.
"Richmond are a bloody good side. They gave us a touch up last year. It was a good win ... hopefully we can build on it."
The triumph will not erase Greene's memories of the 89-point shellacking that the Tigers dished out in the biggest match of his career some 300 days ago, when the star forward was one of many Giants to have their colours lowered.