Roos Desperate To Go Back To Back

Drew Petrie - North Melbourne Kangaroos
Drew Petrie escaped suspension after an ugly incident last week. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

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Kangaroos v St Kilda

Blundstone Arena

Saturday July 12 – 2:10 PM (AEST)




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St Kilda  will look to avenge their earlier loss to the Kangaroos   on Saturday when they clash at Blundstone Arena.

There’s no doubt about it, the Roos must find some consistency if they are to consolidate their spot in the top eight. They managed to knock Hawthorn off the top of the ladder with a 20-point win on Friday night, but just seven days earlier they couldn’t even beat the struggling Lions. It must be hard being a Roos fan, not knowing which team will show up week in, week out. The victory over the Hawks was all the more impressive when you take into account they did it without vice-captain Jack Ziebell and injured star midfielder Daniel Wells. Ziebell should recover from a knee injury in time to face the Saints on Saturday, but will have to pass a fitness test. Wells, however, looks set for another few weeks on the sidelines before he can make a comeback from a foot injury which has kept him out of action since round five. Drew Petrie will line up for North Melbourne after narrowly avoiding a suspension. The Tribunal deemed Petrie wasn't guilty of any wrong doing in an ugly incident with Brian Lake, leaving him available for Saturday’s clash.

It seems as if it’s the same old story for St Kilda - same poor result, different week. After last week’s 85-point loss to Carlton, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out where specifically the Saints are struggling. The defence has been woeful this season, so woeful, in fact, that last week’s match was the ninth consecutive game they’ve conceded more than 100 points. Coach Alan Richardson will hope defender Sam Fisher will be back in time to bolster the backline, after making a return to the VFL last week from an ongoing back injury. The Saints missed veteran Lenny Hayes in the midfield last time out due to groin soreness, however the 34-year-old is likely to line up against the Roos. There were a couple of stand outs in the VFL last week. Tom Curren was Sandringham’s best on ground, with 28 possessions. Brodie Murdoch and Josh Saunders were also solid performers, and they’ll fancy their chances of a first team call up.

Despite the Ross’ inconsistent season, they should be far too strong for the bottom of the table Saints. Even if the good North Melbourne side doesn’t show up, it’s hard to see St Kilda winning this one. Brad Scott will demand a complete performance from his side - from start to finish, but will his players deliver the goods?

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