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Match Report

Crows too strong for Saints

By AFL Media, with staff writers April 7, 2018 9:44 PM

Highlights: R3 v St Kilda

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For the opening two and a half quarters, St Kilda could not be faulted for their endeavour against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium.

But like last week, they were eventually made to pay for their tardy execution and wastefulness in front of goal, with the Crows running out 49-point winners, 15.14 (104) to 7.13 (55) in front of just 19,324 fans.

The Crows (2-1) have now won their last nine against St Kilda (1-2).

The Saints dominated contested possessions and inside 50s in a fairly uninspiring first half and went in at half-time trailing by 10 points.

But the Crows blew them away in a six-goals-to-one third term, turning the tables in the clinches, using the ball more cleanly and getting the ball to their tall forwards, Taylor Walker and Josh Jenkins, who started feasting on the tiring St Kilda backmen.

Also notable for the Crows was Eddie Betts finally hitting the scoreboard after a barren opening fortnight to the season. He kicked his first goal for 2018 12 minutes into the second quarter after some crafty work and snap for goal from deep in the pocket and finished with three goals for the night.

With Walker (three goals) Mitch McGovern (two) and Jenkins also hitting the scoreboard, it ended up a pleasing enough night for the Crows. 

Not so for the Saints, who followed up their 5.12 last week with just seven goals and 23 shots on goal from 54 scoring entries this time around. Last year’s accuracy woes continue to plague them, while most worryingly, key forwards Josh Bruce (1.0) and Paddy McCartin (0.1) continued to battle.  

Adelaide once again received excellent service from midfielder Bryce Gibbs, who with 26 possessions and eight clearances must be pinching himself at his good fortune at arriving in Adelaide after a decade of largely unrewarded toil at Carlton.

Rory Laird (32) and Paul Seedsman (26) also providing plenty of drive. Sam Jacobs eventually got right on top in the ruck.

Seedsman appears to have fitted seamlessly into the rebounding half-back role while Brodie Smith recuperates from his ACL injury, while last week’s NAB AFL Rising Star nominee Tom Doedee was again impressive with his intercept work across half-back.

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Jack Newnes, Jack Sinclair, Seb Ross and Jack Steven all won a bit of the ball for the Saints at varying stages and Steven in particular, battled hard after spending off the ground for treatment on a leg injury.

Debutant Nick Coffield did some nice work, while ruckman Rowan Marshall looked good early and showed signs that he could soon leapfrog Billy Longer and Tom Hickey in the club’s rucking depth list.

But the confidence seems to have evaporated at Moorabbin and coach Alan Richardson faces a huge task in righting the ship with flag fancies Geelong, Greater Western Sydney, Hawthorn and Melbourne to come.

ST KILDA         2.6       3.9       4.12     7.13 (55)
ADELAIDE       3.2       5.7       11.10   15.14 (104)

GOALS
St Kilda:
Sinclair, Acres, Coffield, Bruce, Gresham, Geary, Armitage
Adelaide: Betts 3, Walker 3, Seedsman 2, McGovern 2, Atkins 2, Douglas, Jenkins, Gibbs

BEST
St Kilda: Sinclair, Dunstan, Ross, Newnes, Steven
Adelaide: Gibbs, Laird, Jacobs, Seedsman, Douglas, Betts

INJURIES
St Kilda: Membrey (knee soreness, replaced by Wright)
Adelaide: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Brown, Findlay, Ryan 

Official crowd: 19,324 at Etihad Stadium

More to come.

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Sebastian Ross
    Sebastian Ross
    32
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    32
  • St Kilda
    Luke Dunstan
    30
  • St Kilda
    Shane Savage
    29
  • St Kilda
    Jack Steven
    28
Fantasy Leaders
  • Sebastian Ross
    Sebastian Ross
    132
  • Adelaide Crows
    Bryce Gibbs
    129
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Laird
    120
  • St Kilda
    Shane Savage
    114
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    107
Scoring Leaders
  • Eddie Betts
    Eddie Betts
    3.2
  • Adelaide Crows
    Taylor Walker
    3.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Mitch McGovern
    2.1
  • Adelaide Crows
    Paul Seedsman
    2.0
  • Adelaide Crows
    Rory Atkins
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 377 Disposals 397
  • 73.7 Disposal Eff 79.3
  • 135 Contested Pos 134
  • 101 Marks 111
  • 17 Free Kicks 21
  • 31 Clearances 34
  • 54 Inside 50s 51
  • 35 Rebound 50s 45
  • 51 Tackles 79
  • 22 Hit-outs 42
  • 89 Interchanges 86

Breakdown

  • 2.6 (18)
    3.2 (20)
  • 3.9 (27)
    5.7 (37)
  • 4.12 (36)
    11.10 (76)
  • 7.13 (55)
    15.14 (104)

Player Stats

St Kilda

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Sebastian Ross 20 12 32 8 0 3 1 6 0 0 132
2Shane Savage 21 8 29 6 0 2 1 4 0 2 114
3Luke Dunstan 15 15 30 5 0 0 0 3 0 0 102
4Jack Steven 15 13 28 5 0 0 1 4 0 0 99
5Jack Newnes 17 8 25 8 0 0 1 1 0 2 94
6Jack Sinclair 13 10 23 5 0 1 2 4 1 0 91
7Rowan Marshall 9 5 14 6 18 1 3 4 0 1 82
8Blake Acres 10 9 19 2 1 3 2 4 1 3 77
9Nick Coffield 12 6 18 6 0 1 0 0 1 0 73
10Jimmy Webster 15 5 20 1 0 2 0 3 0 0 72
11Jake Carlisle 8 6 14 9 0 1 1 1 0 0 65
12Dylan Roberton 10 6 16 8 0 0 1 0 0 0 63
13Jack Billings 4 13 17 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 58
14David Armitage 10 3 13 4 0 2 1 1 1 0 57
15Josh Bruce 3 7 10 5 3 1 1 2 1 0 53
16Jarryn Geary 6 7 13 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 52
17Paddy McCartin 6 4 10 6 0 0 0 1 0 1 49
18Brandon White 11 1 12 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 41
19Jade Gresham 6 4 10 5 0 0 3 0 1 0 38
20Nathan J. Brown 0 8 8 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 38
21Ben Long 6 5 11 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 30
22Nathan Wright 3 2 5 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 29

Adelaide Crows

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Bryce Gibbs 14 12 26 5 0 1 0 10 1 1 129
2Rory Laird 16 16 32 7 0 1 2 6 0 0 120
3Paul Seedsman 15 11 26 8 0 2 2 2 2 0 107
4Sam Jacobs 13 7 20 4 37 4 2 1 0 1 105
5Rory Atkins 12 10 22 8 0 0 0 2 2 0 100
6Luke Brown 17 6 23 6 0 2 0 4 0 0 99
7Richard Douglas 11 11 22 4 0 2 1 5 1 1 93
8Mitch McGovern 15 0 15 8 0 2 1 3 2 1 93
9Tom Lynch 17 4 21 5 0 1 0 3 0 1 88
10Eddie Betts 10 6 16 6 0 0 1 2 3 2 85
11David Mackay 12 9 21 5 0 0 0 2 0 1 78
12Hugh Greenwood 7 10 17 3 0 1 0 6 0 0 75
13Daniel Talia 7 11 18 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 74
14Josh Jenkins 7 3 10 6 5 1 1 4 1 1 71
15Rory Sloane 7 8 15 3 0 0 0 5 0 1 67
16Lachlan Murphy 7 5 12 5 0 1 2 6 0 1 66
17Tom Doedee 10 5 15 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 64
18Taylor Walker 6 4 10 2 0 0 2 4 3 1 61
19Jake Kelly 7 12 19 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 61
20Cameron Ellis-Yolmen 11 5 16 3 0 0 1 3 0 0 61
21Kyle Hartigan 8 3 11 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 55
22Wayne Milera 7 3 10 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 41

Team Lineups

St Kilda

B

  • Jarryn Geary,
  • Nathan J. Brown,
  • Dylan Roberton

HB

  • Jimmy Webster,
  • Jake Carlisle,
  • Shane Savage

C

  • Jack Sinclair,
  • Nathan Wright,
  • Jack Newnes

HF

  • Luke Dunstan,
  • Josh Bruce,
  • Jack Billings

F

  • Jade Gresham,
  • Paddy McCartin,
  • Ben Long

Fol

  • Rowan Marshall,
  • Sebastian Ross,
  • Jack Steven

I/C

  • Blake Acres,
  • David Armitage,
  • Brandon White,
  • Nick Coffield

No Late Change

In

  • Nathan Wright,
  • Luke Dunstan,
  • Rowan Marshall,
  • Brandon White,
  • Nick Coffield

Out

  • Koby Stevens (Omitted),
  • Billy Longer (Injured),
  • Jack Steele (Omitted),
  • Hunter Clark (Omitted),
  • Tim Membrey (Injured)

New

  • Nick Coffield

Milestones:

  • Nick Coffield  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 10:15PM Saturday, April 7, 2018