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Final questions: Richmond v Greater Western Sydney

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26.09.2019

How will the Giants handle the Tigers' pressure and can the league's youngest club break through for a historic premiership? Jon Pierik poses the key questions.

This has been a point of debate all week. Is Dustin Martin the man the Giants should send Matt de Boer to or would they be better served if the master tagger went to Dion Prestia, who will spend his afternoon entirely on the ball? Prestia has been the No.1 ranked player in the league since round 14, according to Champion Data's player ratings, and his ability to find the ball – and hit up his forwards – has been instrumental in the Tigers' revival in recent months. De Boer, of course, left a hassled Martin frustrated and agitated when held to only 15 touches in their lone one-on-one meeting this season. Martin, however, will spend a significant amount of time up forward in the grand final, where the Tigers will look to isolate him. This is where Martin would have a significant advantage over de Boer should the latter be sent into the defensive 50. Giants coach Leon Cameron is unlikely to do this, and will send a specialist defender to Martin in this area of the ground. Martin can light up the Tigers at........

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