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Saints count injury cost after heavy loss

  • Saints count injury cost after heavy loss

    ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 05: Hugh Goddard of the Saints is stretchered off te field after sustaining an injury during the round 11 AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the St Kilda Saints at Adelaide Oval on June 5, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Adelaide's Josh Jenkins continued his breakout season with a seven-goal haul as the Crows thumped St Kilda by 88 points on Sunday.

St Kilda young guns Paddy McCartin and Hugh Goddard were stretchered off Adelaide Oval as the Crows banked a comprehensive 19.19 (133) to 6.9 (45) victory.

Goddard suffered an achilles injury and McCartin was concussed.

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Adelaide blitzed the Saints from the start, kicking six goals to one in the first term as midfielder Matt Crouch, a late replacement for veteran Scott Thompson (general soreness), dominated with 17 disposals for the quarter.

Jenkins then went on a scoring spree, kicking four goals in the second term as the hosts created a 51-point halftime lead before 40,896 fans.

St Kilda's woes were compounded when Goddard was stretchered off after damaging his left achilles when turning innocuously to chase Jenkins.

Next quarter, Goddard's teammate McCartin was also stretchered off with a head injury - he clashed heads, front-on, with teammate Jack Newnes, the impact forcing his head back into the face of Adelaide's Luke Brown.

The Crows remain the highest scoring team in the competition and have now kicked 100 or more points in seven of 10 games - and have twice scored 97.

Jenkins, with 34 goals for the season, feasted on frequent supply from a midfield led by Rory Sloane (32 disposals), Crouch, who ended with 36 touches, and Jarryd Lyons (28 possessions).

Their ball-winning overwhelmed the Saints who never raised a yelp - Jack Steven (31 disposals) and David Armitage (25 possessions) battled gamely but had no support.

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