GWS coach Leon Cameron says his players need to put their hand up and take responsibility for the whopping free-kick discrepancy in the 34-point loss to Fremantle.
The Giants were on the wrong end of a 42-16 free-kick count on Saturday, with numerous acts of ill-discipline costing them dearly.
Ruckman Braydon Preuss was the worst offender after giving up five free kicks.
One of them was after he took a mark, with the 206cm big man elbowing David Mundy in the back of the head in a bid to free himself from the Fremantle midfielder.
Lachie Whitfield, Isaac Cumming, Stephen Coniglio, and tagger Lachie Ash all gave away four free kicks each.
Cameron is keen to review how many of the free kicks were actually the fault of his players, but he already knows a bulk of them were their own undoing.
“We have to put up our hand, because I saw some real undisciplined acts from us,” Cameron said.
“It gets you on the back foot. You can’t defend .. a free kick gets reversed or a poor free kick (is given away) and they go straight away.
“The last four or five goals were on the back of our free kicks. There are some we’ll question, but we’ll take responsibility for where we are at.
“You’re not winning free kicks if you’re not hard enough or tough enough or tackling with the right technique, (or) if your aerial work is not good.”
The Giants trailed by just two points at the final change, but Fremantle piled on six unanswered goals in the last quarter to run away with the win.
The result left GWS with a 1-3 record ahead of Saturday’s clash with defending premiers Melbourne at the MCG.
Fremantle improved to 3-1, their best start to a season since 2015.
Defender Alex Pearce was a late withdrawal from the match due to the ankle injury he suffered a week earlier.
But both Pearce and Caleb Serong (knee) could return for next Sunday’s match against Essendon at Marvel Stadium.
Coach Justin Longmuir will also be able to return to the hot seat after missing the past two games due to COVID-19 protocols.
Fremantle assistant Jaymie Graham, who coached West Coast to a win in 2018, has now led the Dockers to back-to-back victories this year.
Graham is seen as a senior coach in waiting, and his chances of landing a future gig have been enhanced with how he’s guided the Dockers over the past fortnight.
“I’ve probably worked out how much busier head coaching is and what JL goes through,” Graham said.
“There’s little questions you get asked throughout the week.
“In my case, we had JL available (through technology).
“He’s been around and been great support for our coaching group.”