Saints Pray For Divine Intervention Against Swans

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Nick Riewoldt is one Saint who can hold his head high this season. Image courtesy of theaustralian.com.au
Last 5 Meetings

Round 5, 2013 – Sydney 79 d St Kilda 63 at Westpac Stadium (Wellington)
Round 17, 2012 – Sydney Swans 105 d St Kilda Saints 76 at the SCG
Round 9, 2012 – St Kilda Saints 111 d Sydney Swans 83 at Etihad Stadium
Elimination Final, 2011 – Sydney Swans 82 d St Kilda Saints 57 at Etihad Stadium
Round 22, 2011 – Sydney Swans 83 d St Kilda Saints 68 at ANZ Stadium


Current Form

  Rd 16    Rd 17    Rd 18    Rd 19    Rd 20 
Sydney

W

W

W

W

L

St Kilda

L

L

L

L

L



Ins and outs

After 18 months out with a broken leg, youngster Gary Rohan is a surprise inclusion in Sydney’s squad for Sunday’s clash. Sam Reid (quad), Lewis Jetta (shin), Adam Goodes (knee) and Lewis Roberts-Thomson (knee) are all trying to get back in to the Bloods’ top 22 before the finals begin.

St Kilda champion Lenny Hayes will miss the match due to general soreness, while defender James Gwilt has been rested. Livewire forward Stephen Milne adds an option inside 50 while Sam Gilbert also makes a welcome return.


Prediction

There wasn’t a great deal between these teams when they met in Wellington earlier this year in the first AFL match played across the ditch, but the gulf between them now is enormous. Last weekend was one of the few times Sydney’s midfield has been outclassed this season as Collingwood’s men in the middle did the job on them, and you can imagine they’ll be keen to atone after having their colours lowered. Kurt Tippett’s six-goal haul from the loss to the Magpies could be eclipsed with the Saints still lacking any sort of height down back. Sydney by 52 points .

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