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Why Murphy is "worried" about the Bulldogs heading into GWS final


The Bulldogs will compete in their first final since the 2016 Grand Final victory and despite travelling on the road to take on the Giants, they go into the game marginal favourites.

They smashed GWS by 61 points in Round 22 and dominated both Essendon and Adelaide in the final month as well.

Former Dogs captain Bob Murphy is a little concerned for his old side, suggesting the Giants’ ins of Toby Greene, Nick Haynes, Jacob Hopper and Brett Deledio make them a much better side.

“I’m worried,” Murphy confessed on SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“Those ins (for GWS) … (the Dogs) beat them comfortably two weeks ago, but that form line, I don’t trust that.”

There was plenty of spite in their Round 22 encounter and the two teams have history, with the Bulldogs knocking the Giants out in the 2016 Preliminary Final.

“This is a genuine footy rivalry. I think in a final, I think the Giants have got a bit of life in them. I think it will be tough,” Murphy said.

“It’s been a while since the Dogs went into a final as favourites. They’re a young group. Hopefully they can handle that pressure, but I think it will go down to the wire.”

The Elimination Final gets underway at 3:20pm AEST on Saturday at Giants Stadium and the winner will take on the loser of Brisbane’s clash with Richmond.

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