GWS skipper Phil Davis has been knocked out in a nasty collision in his side’s loss to West Coast on Saturday.
Davis showed incredible courage when he was running back to take a mark in the third quarter, before colliding with Jack Darling’s elbow.
Neither man saw each other, with Darling’s elbow collecting Davis flush in the face in a completely accidental collision.
Davis appeared to be unconscious before he hit the ground, slumping face-first into the Spotless Stadium turf.
He was immediately tended to be trainers and was able to walk from the field a number of minutes later.
Davis was praised for his typically courageous display.
Co-captain Phil Davis has suffered a big knock and is in the hands of the trainers.
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Phil Davis is just too brave for his own good #AFLGiantsEagles
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It was the latest injury blow for the Giants, who lost Matt de Boer and Lachie Whitfield mid-game.
The Eagles kicked five straight goals in the second quarter to take control of a game they won 12.14 (86) to 8.13 (61).
It was a seventh straight victory for West Coast, who moved to the top of the table above Richmond, who they host next week, and improved their record to 7-1 and 3-0 outside Western Australia.
Missing Nic Naitanui, Luke Shuey and Jeremy McGovern, the Eagles underlined their depth with a strong performance.
West Coast led by 14 early on, but GWS kicked four straight goals either side of quarter-time to lead by 10.
The Eagles reasserted themselves, with Darling kicking three of five straight goals for the visitors, as they regained the lead before halftime and never relinquished their advantage.
The Giants kicking efficiency, which was atrocious in their heavy loss to Geelong last week, was poor again.
On the odd occasion when did get a flow on and moved the ball quickly, they kicked some fine goals, but the Eagles pressure remained good throughout the contest.
Adversity increased for GWS as the game developed and at one stage in the third quarter they had just one player on the bench.
The Eagles had plenty of good performers with Tom Barrass, Will Schofield and Brad Sheppard strong down back.
Jack Redden gathered 13 clearances and Andrew Gaff and Elliot Yeo also got plenty of the ball.
In his 200th game, GWS co-captain Callan Ward collected 30 touches along with Whitfield, while Aidan Corr kept Josh Kennedy to two goals and seven touches.