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GWS coach Leon Cameron upset at ‘should never have been born’ jibe aimed at Toby Greene by Malcolm Blight

GWS coach Leon Cameron is disappointed by comments made by AFL Hall of Fame legend Malcolm Blight on forward Toby Greene, saying commentators needed to be careful.

Blight said Greene “should never have been born,” in reference to the crackdown on the studs-up rule this season which he said was as a result of the Giants star raising his boots dangerously.

“Toby Greene should never have been born,” Blight jokingly said on SEN.

“It’s his fault. Of course it is. We’ve been doing it for 120 years and everyone’s been quite happy with it.”

Cameron said although it’s important to have fun in sport, commentators needed to be careful on the pressure placed on athletes.

“It’s really disappointing that Toby’s probably the brunt of those jokes for most of the time. He gets pulled into anything whether he’s playing, whether he’s injured or whether he’s not,” Cameron told reporters.

“I understand there’s a fun side to it. But what does his (Toby’s) mother think (seeing the headline)? You’ve got to be really, really careful.”

Greene, who was ruled out of last weekend’s clash with Adelaide due to a knee injury, will return for this Sunday’s match against North Melbourne in Hobart.

“Toby’s as tough as old boots, he rolls with the punches,” he said.

“There’s no doubt he’s always going to put on a brave face. But deep down there’s a human element to it.”

Toby Greene has been the target of Malcolm Blight’s banter.Toby Greene has been the target of Malcolm Blight’s banter.
Camera IconToby Greene has been the target of Malcolm Blight’s banter.Picture: Getty Images

This weekend’s game will pit brother against brother with new Kangaroos coach Rhyce Shaw plotting the downfall of GWS defender Heath Shaw and his teammates.

“I think Heath summed it up, he said it would be a little bit weird,” Cameron said.

Cameron said the Kangaroos have a lot of energy whereas the Giants must focus on going harder for longer after they slipped to a 21-point away loss to Adelaide last Saturday night.

“We need to make sure our contested ball is to a level that not only keeps you in the game but allows you to win the game,” he said.

“Clearly they’ll be focusing on it so it’s going to be a magnificent clash.”

Cameron said the Kangaroos had started their games off strong in recent weeks, whereas the Giants’ start against Adelaide was “pretty ordinary”.

“You can’t afford to be on the back foot in front of 50,000 screaming opposition fans and just let the opposition be on top of you,” he said.

Former decathlete Jake Stein will make his debut this Sunday after Nick Haynes was ruled out for several weeks over a rolled ankle.

“He’s been in great form the last six weeks,” Cameron said.

“He will take up the key back position against some really quality key forwards in the Kangaroos. We’re really confident Jake is going to come out and play his role.”

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