Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson concedes his side were flattered by the scoreboard in their 83-point AFL win over a courageous Greater Western Sydney at Aurora Stadium.
Pre-match hype had the in-form Hawks re-writing the record books but it proved wide of the mark in a 21.14 (140) to 9.3 (57) victory.
The enthusiastic young Giants - $17 with the bookies - battled hard after last week's mauling by Adelaide and even matched the Hawks' third-quarter goal-scoring at three apiece after trailing by 24 at the first break and 47 at halftime.
"The scoreboard probably flattered us a little bit in the end," Clarkson said.
"I thought the Giants were pretty competitive throughout the course of the day."
The Hawks led by 50 at three-quarter time before booting six goals to one against the tiring Giants in the last quarter.
"It was a tough day," Clarkson said.
"It was a pretty lockdown, dull affair really."
With Lance Franklin restricted to just two majors, Jarryd Roughead's superb form continued with a five-goal haul.
Clarkson said Roughead's dominance up front and ability to also play in the ruck and midfield were underscoring his value since coming back from an Achilles injury.
"All I know is he's playing well at the moment but he's played well for us for a long period of time," Clarkson said.
"We really rate him as a player."
The Giants' Jeremy Cameron booted four goals for his side, who remains winless after eight rounds but improved massively after last week's 135-point thrashing by Adelaide.
Coach Kevin Sheedy said a freakish goal from Hawks midfielder Sam Mitchell before quarter-time and two quick majors from the home side before halftime had changed the game's complexion.
"I think most people were just wondering maybe which way this game would go about halfway through the third quarter," Sheedy said.
Clarkson had testily predicted a tough game on Friday and, with his side's winning streak extending to seven, is making the same call on Gold Coast and Melbourne who the Hawks meet before their bye.
"We really just set all our goals around the forthcoming opponent," he said.
Hawthorn will slot Josh Gibson and late withdrawal Bradley Hill back into their side for the clash with the Suns at the MCG.