Giants poised for AFL test with rival Dogs

Callum Godde
GWS coach Leon Cameron expects an improved effort from Toby Greene against the Western Bulldogs

GWS coach Leon Cameron hopes renewing their modern-day rivalry with the Western Bulldogs will spark the AFL flag contenders to life.

The much-hyped Giants were shown up at home on Sunday as North Melbourne ran away with a well-deserved 20-point win.

GWS set up last year's run to a maiden grand final with a fiery 58-point demolition of the Dogs, enacting sweet revenge for their heartbreaking 2016 preliminary final loss.

With the Bulldogs anchored to the bottom of the ladder after falling to 0-2, Friday night's clash at Marvel Stadium looms as a season-defining litmus test for both sides.

And Cameron is sure the lowly Dogs' form woes will count for naught when they renew hostilities.

"It's a really good rivalry," he told reporters on Tuesday.

"We're not talking about the 100-year rivalries of Carlton and Collingwood and Richmond and Carlton ... but the games have been played in a really good manner.

"They've won some, we've won some. It's great for footy.

"Friday night there's a lot at stake for both clubs and I'm sure that's going to bring the best out of both teams."

Star forward Toby Greene was among a number of Giants to have their colours lowered, and the spotlight will inevitably shift to him given his acrimonious history with Luke Beveridge's side.

Greene was fined $7500 for making contact with Bulldogs skipper Marcus Bontempelli's face in last year's knockout final and reported in two games against the same opposition in 2017.

"He'd be the first one to put his hand up (that) he needed to be a bit better in some areas," Cameron said of Greene going goalless against the Roos.

"But he's a proud person. He wants to play every weekend and he looks forward to the weekend."

Former co-captain Callan Ward was one of few shining lights for the Giants, collecting a team-high 21 touches in his first game since rupturing his ACL in round four last season.

His coach said the GWS veteran pulled up well and won't be troubled by the short five-day turnaround.

The Giants will travel directly to the ground after sharing Friday's 1pm charter flight with Sydney and remain in Melbourne overnight awaiting the Kangaroos-Swans Saturday afternoon clash.

But Cameron won't use the unusual game-day preparation as an excuse should his side return home without four points.

"Is it a bit different? It is," he said.

"But clearly Essendon and the Kangaroos handled it really well on Sunday.

"They'll be stories written about who handles it and who doesn't.

"(But) we know it's going to be a huge battle and we look forward to that."