A serious injury to the captain’s ankle Stephen rabbit in a loss to Melbourne added to the GWS Giants’ miserable start to the 2021 season.
Coniglio was one of four Giants stars to end the chained match through injury as Melbourne was captured to flee 15. 12. (102) to 11. 2. (68) winners in Canberra.
The Giants skipper ended his night with his right leg in a lunar boot after his foot was caught under the weight of his body during a tackle from Tom Sparrow in the second quarter.
Coniglio attempted to repair the injury, but was unable to put any weight on his foot as he was eventually helped out of Manuka Oval by Giants’ medics.
The 27-year-old was quickly joined on the bench by former Giants skipper Phil Ward (calf) and midfielder Matt de Boer (hamstrings), while Lachie Keefe and Brent Daniels also finished the game. under clouds of wounds.
The loss meant the Giants slipped to a dreaded 0-3 start to the season, with Melbourne starting the season 3-0 for the first time since the 2005 season.
GWS threatened to cause a major upheaval when Toby Greene threw two of his five goals to draw his team to one early in the final quarter.
However, any hope of victory for the Giants was stifled by the Demons, who scored five unanswered goals to put the outcome in doubt.
At the center of the demons’ fortune against the Giants were Captain Max Gawn and the Young Pistol Kysaiah Pickett.
Gawn had a strong outing, finishing with 24 assignments, nine marks and 28 hits to go with two goals, while Pickett was at his best forward with four goals.
Star Demons midfielder Clayton Oliver finished with 23 assignments, but was chained by de Boer in the first half before the Giants tagger left the floor injured.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Giants in the fourth round when they travel to Melbourne to take on Collingwood at MCG, while Melbourne face Geelong in a successful match.