The West Coast could be one step closer to landing a seventh straight final, and almost ended the underperforming St Kilda’s season this afternoon.
The Eagles (9-8, 98%) started the round in seventh place, just one game ahead of an eight-win four-way chase group, including St Kilda.
Because of poor percentages and a tough draw, the Saints (8-9, 86.6%) can’t really afford to drop more games, and without Rowan Marshall (Covid isolation) today Now it won’t help.
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No late changes for either side. Jarrod Brander (WCE) and first person Cooper Sharman (STK) medical reserve.
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A significant stalemate to the start of the game saw both sides draw goalless until the 10th minute of the deadline, when Josh Kennedy actually kicked from a put shot to bring their Eagles back. for the first time in the day.
It followed a period of considerable dominance in the overall playstyle of the Eagles, who looked to be one notch ahead of the Saints and created a lot of counter-attacking opportunities.
One of the other counter-attacks saw Liam Ryan pass the ball into the opener and convert it into West Coast’s second, but he limped again after the kick and went straight to the bench. Looks like a hamstring injury.
He had to retire shortly after due to a left hamstring injury.
Struggling for form over the past month, Jack Darling kicked in a couple of goals to open the second period, sending the Eagles up 13 points before a brilliant challenge and switch from Max King outside the 50-meter arc return single figure .
King followed it up with another great challenge, converting the set into his second and cutting the line into a point.
Following WA’s tight border restrictions, the Saints spent the week leading up to this game in hotel quarantine.
This match takes place at 4:35 p.m. EST from Optus Stadium.
Watch live on Fox Footy (channel 504) or stream on Kayo, from 4:30 p.m. EST.
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