Lions Searching For First Win

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St Kilda v Brisbane

Westpac Stadium

Friday April 25, 5.45pm (AEST)

Form: 

St Kilda: WWLLW

Brisbane: LLLLL

Why watch? 

Brisbane may be struggling a little but for Saints' fans there's every reason to watch. Aside from a big loss to Adelaide, it's been a fairytale start to 2014 for St Kilda under new coach Alan Richardson. They have the chance to go 4-2 as well if they beat the struggling Lions in just the second match to be played for full points outside of Australia.

Match notes 

- It wasn't all bad news for Brisbane in their Easter Thursday loss to Richmond. The final margin of 43 points completely flattered Richmond as they scored some junk-time goals. The Lions even hit the front midway through the third quarter but had done their dash as Richmond ran over the top of them in the final term.

- Jonathan Brown also returned to form in his 250th game last week, booting four goals.

- Brown's efforts, though, were shaded by Nick Riewoldt as the Saints skipper kicked four in his side's big win over St Kilda.

- Although Alan Richardson refused to call it a 'perfect night, it came pretty darn close. The coach was especially pleased with his side's all-round defensive effort as they completely restricted Essendon's ball movement, forcing them backwards and sideways time and again.

- It was only his second game back but Jack Steven was all class with 23 creative possessions.

- Adam Schneider's loss to suspension could hit the Saints badly. Schneider's poise and class was especially important in the win over the Saints. New Zealander Shane Savage may replace him.

- Sam Fisher is a chance to return to the Saints side and may come in for James Gwilt, who took a heavy knock just before three-quarter time last year. Seb Ross, who was sub last week may also be on the chopping block.

Key Injuries

St Kilda 


David Armitage (leg) - 3-4 weeks

Sam Gilbert (ankle) - 4 weeks

Lewis Pierce (back) - 3 weeks

Adam Schneider (suspended) - Round 7 return

Nathan Wright (leg) - 10-12 weeks

Brisbane 

Clay Beams (foot) - 2 weeks

Josh Green (hamstring) - test

Pearce Hanley (hamstring) - test

Matthew Leuenberger (knee) - 10-12 weeks

Stefan Martin (back) - test

Ash McGrath (calf) - 2 weeks

Sam Michael (hamstring) - test

Daniel Rich (knee) - season

Brent Staker (calf) - indefinite

Say what? 

"Twenty-seven new players in three years, we’ve had to really go back to the drawing board in terms of methodology, attack on the man, attack on the footy, team defence, so we won’t change from that focus." – Alan Richardson

Last five games

St Kilda 


W 17 Melbourne

W 7 GWS

L 25 West Coast

L 86 Adelaide

W 16 Essendon

Brisbane 

L 48 Hawthorn

L 25 Geelong

L 53 Gold Coast

L 113 Port Adelaide

L 43 Richmond

Fantasy factoid 

It was all about Leigh Montagna for the Saints last week as he gathered 31 possessions and kicked a goal. Montagna also laid seven tackles.

Cold hard fact 

The stats certainly are not kind to Brisbane. Heading into this game they are last in disposals, contested possessions, contested marks, marks inside 50 and inside 50s. Not surprisingly they're also last on the ladder.

Final word 

St Kilda are looking to build their brand in New Zealand and after losing their first-up clash to Sydney last year, this represents the perfect opportunity to make a mark in Wellington. Added to this,. The Saints can go 4-2 with this win to complete a wonderful start to the season, while Brisbane appear to be floundering. The Lions have produced patches of good football at times during the season so far, but haven't strung it together for four quarters. Brisbane will also be better rested for this encounter with a two-day head start on St Kilda. Expect this one to be tight but it's St Kilda by 15 points.

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