Greater Western Sydney still a long way behind the pack.
West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui starred for the Eagles as he led his side to a 100-point demolition of Greater Western Sydney at Skoda Stadium.
Fresh off kicking the winning goal for the Eagles last round, Naitanui showed off his sublime touch in the ruck as he helped his side to their easy 23.17 (155) to 8.7 (55) victory.
Naitanui earned 31 hit-outs, eight more then entire Giants side combined as he dominated opposite number Jonathan Giles.
The 23-year-old also chipped in with eight tackles and two goals, one of which was specular snap in the second quarter.
Naitanui’s ruck work created goals, clearances and no shortage of brilliant service to Eagles midfielders Chris Masten, Luke Shuey, Daniel Kerr and Matt Priddis – who had a combined tally of 114 possessions.
Six-time All Australian ruckman Dean Cox (21 touches, 24 hit-outs) was also outstanding while the hosts missed veteran Dean Brogan, a late withdrawal due to back spasms.
The absence of GWS key defender Phil Davis was again glaring, with key forwards Josh Kennedy and Jack Darling kicking five goals each for West Coast.
GWS were guilty of turning the ball over far too often to create decent chances inside forward fifty.
GWS youngsters Toby Greene, Taylor Adams and Lachie Whitfield toiled manfully in the middle, while key forward Jeremy Cameron kicked three goals.
Greater Western Sydney’s crowd woes continued when a mere 6324 patrons turned up.
West Coast host Richmond in round 10 while the Giants will look to earn their first win of the season when they travel to Melbourne to take on Carlton at Etihad Stadium.