Saints look for repeat AFL win over Giants

27/04/2020 Posted by admin

Saints coach Alan Richardson is plotting another upset win over GWS in the AFL.St Kilda will draw on their stirring 2017 win over AFL frontrunners Greater Western Sydney to conjure an unlikely upset in Saturday’s clash at Etihad Stadium.
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The Saints have only banked one win this season, while the Giants sit top after dropping just one of four games.

However, coach Alan Richardson said the Saints had proven they had what it took to win.

In round seven last season at the same venue, St Kilda claimed a 23-point win over the Giants after booting 10 of the last 13 goals.

The win was built on the dominance of their midfield with Seb Ross, Jack Stevens and Jack Billings starring.

So too did Koby Stevens, who will miss the GWS game with lingering concussion symptoms.

They will have their work cut out against in-form Giants onballers, Callan Ward, Dylan Shiel and Stephen Coniglio.

“We know that they are an outstanding opposition but we had a really good result against them last year and I think that would give the team some belief, if we can get that footy back,” Richardson said on Thursday.

“We know that we’ve been below our best and we’ve had a few too many down on form but, if we can get close to 22 strong contributors, than we will give ourselves a chance.”

Richardson said the Saints were planning for star midfielder Josh Kelly to play, despite the Giants saying he would be out for another two weeks with a groin injury, as well as gun forward Jeremy Cameron (knee and foot).

“We’ve planned for their best team and that includes those two guys, but the reality is that they have a strong list with a lot of depth and, if those blokes don’t play, there will be a couple of quality replacements,” Richardson said.

The Saints’ injury woes continue with forward Rowan Marshall ruled out with concussion and defender Jimmy Webster (hip) is also unlikely to play.

Meanwhile, the coach said defender Dylan Roberton was back at the club after collapsing behind play with a heart-related issue in the second quarter of last weekend’s loss to Geelong.

“The testing will continue into next week and, from all reports, there’s nothing at this stage that’s obvious in terms of why he had the incident,” Richardson said.

“He’s good and, while he has to be chauffeured around for the next six months, he’s in a really good head space and looks as good as gold.”

Australian Associated Press

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