Saints solid in the top four with win

Sunday Territorian - - SPORT - CHRIS HONNERY

THE Saints so­lid­i­fied a top four spot with a dom­i­nant 53point over the Swans at the Gabba in what was their third straight win last night.

Nick Hind and young gun Max King booted three goals to help the Saints to their sixth win this sea­son in the 15.11 (101) to 6.12 (48) vic­tory.

The em­phatic win rock­eted St Kilda up into third spot ahead of the Gee­long v West Coast game and the per­cent­age-boost­ing vic­tory has them eye­ing off a fi­nals berth.

A third quar­ter resur­gence by the Swans – who had 15 in­side 50s and kicked 26 points – sent a slight scare through the St Kilda camp but by the fi­nal quar­ter, the Saints piled on six goals to the Swans’ one.

Saints coach Brett Rat­ten said he was im­pressed by his side’s win but there was still plenty to im­prove on.

“The way we fin­ished the game was re­ally pleas­ing,” Rat­ten said.

“The third quar­ters are a lit­tle bit of a worry so that’s one part of the game we need to clean up.

“That was a very good per­for­mance tonight but it wasn’t four quar­ters.”

The tables were turned on their head at the Gabba last night as the Saints broke a 10game los­ing streak against the Swans.

The vic­tory is a huge con­fi­dence boost for the rein­car­nated Saints of 2020 and will give fans hope for the up­com­ing fi­nals se­ries.

St Kilda’s Nick Hind was one of their best.

He kicked a cru­cial goal in the third to stem a resur­gent Swans and fin­ished the game with two more goals to his tally.

Hav­ing a hand in an­other goal proved piv­otal to the Saints’ win.

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