Saints up to third with Gabba success

02 August 2020 19:34:41 GMTPlus10

St Kilda kicked six final-quarter goals to breeze to a 53-point win over Sydney at the Gabba.

The 15.11 (101) to 6.12 (48) victory left Brett Ratten's side third on the ladder - the highest position they have occupied all season.

It was a fifth win in six rounds for the Saints, who kicked on in the final term after Sydney had closed to within 14 points late in the third quarter.

The Saints led by eight points at quarter-time and 22 at the half.

Ratten, who had seen his team capitulate to North Melbourne and Fremantle earlier in the season, was impressed with the way they closed out the victory.

"The last quarter was brilliant," said the coach. "The way we finished the game was really pleasing.

''The third quarters are a little bit of a worry - we've had a few now, it's not the first time. It's part of our game we've got to clear up."

He added: "That third quarter our ball use ... we played a little bit safe and didn't play our way, but the contested ball was poor. Sydney lifted up the intensity around the footy and we got beaten in that space.

"That was the real message: let's roll our sleeves up and get back in there."

Nick Hind kicked three goals, and Ratten praised him for the way he took the game by the scruff of the neck. Max King (three) and Dan Butler (two) were also dangerous for the Saints.

Zak Jones had a great day against his former club, racking up 21 disposals and kicking a third-quarter goal.

St Kilda areĀ 1.45 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 2.85.

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