Saints alone on high of the AFL ladder for first time in 12-years

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The Saints are hovering and coach Ross Lyon is wanting ahead to the problem of tackling Collingwood in a blockbuster end subsequent Sunday to the inaugural Collect Spherical in Adelaide.

The Saints maintained their unbeaten file with a dominant 17.11 (113) to eight.12 (60) victory over the Gold Coast at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night time of their greatest begin to a season since 2010.

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The final time the Saints stood alone atop the ladder was on the finish of the home-and-away season in 2009, the yr they misplaced to Geelong by 12 factors within the grand ultimate.

However the facet has been within the doldrums since 2011, making the finals simply as soon as in that point.

Lyon stated he was not within the behavior of constructing predictions. However he’s delighted with how the Saints have began in his second tenure in cost at Moorabbin.

“I knew we’d compete and I knew we’d run and work and I believed we had been placing collectively a extremely good system. However I believe everybody thinks that, don’t they,” he stated.

“We’re going to get challenged. We aren’t going to undergo undefeated. We perceive that. However based mostly on how we measure ourselves, we’re happy.”

Collingwood have received 4 of their previous 5 clashes towards St Kilda and will probably be searching for to rebound from a 33-point loss to Brisbane on the Gabba on Thursday night time.

Within the moments after their conquer the Gold Coast, Lyon stated he had pointed in the direction of the duty confronting them at Adelaide Oval subsequent Sunday afternoon.

“We’ve got already spoken a couple of massive take a look at. Collingwood on the rebound. However we’re wanting ahead to that problem,” he stated.

“It’s the final recreation of Collect Spherical. I’m positive loads of (followers) will migrate over. I might like to see loads of Saints followers there. I’m positive the opposite mob will probably be there. It’s thrilling for us.”

Gold Coast coach Stuart Dew was pissed off by his facet’s lack of composure after quarter-time, however he attributed that partially to the ferocity of the stress utilized by St Kilda.

“St Kilda are very spectacular. Very spectacular. They’ve a extremely good system and their work price is excellent,” he stated.

Such was St Kilda’s dominance towards the Suns, Lyon took the chance to relaxation Rowan Marshall from early within the final time period, maybe aware the Magpies are bereft of ruckmen.

Sadly they’ll add Jack Bytel, who was substituted into the match for Marshall, to their prolonged harm checklist after he broken an ankle quickly after taking to the sphere.

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