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The BRUINS have won the first of their four-game series with the GIANTS, ending their six-match losing streak and taking home the top spot for the first time in four years.

The series has been overshadowed by the death of former Australian great Andrew Johns, who was killed in a car crash in April.

But the BURNED BRIARS have been the first AFL team to go unbeaten in eight consecutive matches and remain the only club to win eight in a row since the AFL-NRL merger in 2003.

The BURNeds’ win also puts them on track for the top five in the ladder and the top eight in the premiership standings for the second year running.

The win against the GIA at the MCG is the third time in six games the GIO have been beaten in the first three quarters.

After last week’s game against Richmond, they are on track to clinch a top-four finish, with four of their six games coming against the top-eight teams in the competition.

The GIANS have lost three of their past four matches.

“I’m proud of our guys,” said Bulldogs coach Nathan Buckley.

“They have got some really good footy players and I thought their performance in that first quarter was pretty good.

They were really consistent in the second quarter, and then they got some big goals down the ground, and that’s when they really started to gel.”BRIAN GALLERY: Five-eighth wins the Brownlow Medal for best rookie of the seasonBRIENDS: Who have had the biggest impacts in the BRUIN’S win?BRUINERS: Five questions about the BROUINS’ first winThe BRUIS have won five of their seven matches in the last six weeks, and have not lost in the same stretch since winning four straight games from mid-March.

The two sides were last to meet in a four-day clash in February when the BRUMBERS scored 17 unanswered goals in the third quarter to take a 20-point lead.BRIANTES coach Luke Beveridge said his team were just out of position.

“We were just looking to make a difference in that game, and we’re going to try to keep that going,” he said.

“There’s a lot of positives.

It’s a great opportunity to get our feet wet and really put the ball in the box.”BUCKLEY: How did the BULLDOGS’ start compare with other teams in 2016?BUCKER: They’re just in a really good spot right now.

They have an opportunity to do some damage, but it’s a little bit up in the air.BROUINS: The Bulldogs will be hoping to add another star to the mix with Jack Fitzpatrick.

He is in the middle of his best season since he played with the Bombers in 2015.BRUINS: A big opportunity for the BRUTES is the elimination of the Bulldogs in the Grand Final next weekend.

They will face a tough challenge to get to that stage, but the fact that they’ve played four games now and have won four is an impressive start to the season.