West Coast and Greater Western Sydney have shared a first-quarter goal-fest at Giants Stadium, with a pair of Jamie Cripps snaps among the highlights.
The pair of majors were much-needed relief for the struggling Eagles after four goals in 10 minutes to start the game from the Giants put them well and truly on the back-foot.
West Coast’s four goals is their second biggest first-quarter score of the season and their best since their round one loss to the Gold Coast.
It is also the biggest total score in a first-quarter involving the Eagles this season — beating the eight combined goals against Richmond at Optus Stadium, a game the Tigers went on time win by 109 points.
Discarded Eagles Jarrod Brander also kicked a goal in his first game against his old side.
Brander was recalled to the Giants’ team this week after three players were struck down with illness.
The Giants has already kicked 4.1 before the Eagles hit the board, before the breakthrough came from captain Luke Shuey, who earned a high-tackle and converted.
Cripps then came to the party when he was fed a handball by Isiah Winder at a forward-half stoppage and found enough room in traffic to send a high floating ball towards goal.
The forward pair linked up in an almost mirror image situation just moments later when Winder wrestled the ball out of congestion and found Cripps by hand.
Cripps is among a number of experienced Eagles to have their futures put under the spotlight this season amid a run of poor showings.
This is the first time he has kicked multiple goals through five games this year.
But the 30-year-old was in a race against time to be fit for the game, after waking up with a leg infection on Thursday.
He was made available to play after the infection cleared up the next day.
Under-fire Eagles mentor Adam Simpson is coaching from the bench, while Mark McVeigh’s first game in charge marked the return of James Hird to an AFL coaches box.