Rhys Stanley – the Giant killer.
Geelong’s Rhys Stanley has produced one of the best performances of the season against Melbourne ruckman Max Gawn to propel the Cats to a critical late-season victory.
Stanley recorded the second-best hit-out differential of the year against the Demons’ colossus, stifling Melbourne’s production out of the middle in a crucial win for the Cats.
Brodie Grundy is the only man to have beaten Gawn in the hit-outs this year, with Stanley recording the next best result by winning 31 hitouts to Gawn’s 38 on Saturday night.
It’s a remarkable result for the Cats big, with Gawn dominating established ruckmen all season to drive the Demon engine room.
Gawn’s scalps this year include recording 39 more hitouts than Ben McEvoy, 35 more than Todd Goldstein and 28 more than Sam Jacobs.