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Saints coach Richardson wary of Suns

  • Saints coach Richardson wary of Suns

    LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 26: The Suns look dejected as they leave the field after losing the round 14 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Gold Coast Suns at Aurora Stadium on June 26, 2016 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

In-form and coming off a great win over Geelong, St Kilda have every reason to be eyeing off another AFL victory against Gold Coast.

The Suns welcome the Saints to Metricon Stadium on Saturday without a win since round three, a run that has resulted in them slipping to 16th on the ladder.

By contrast St Kilda have won four of their past five including an upset three-point win over the Cats last weekend.

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Saints coach Alan Richardson says maintaining the pressure and commitment his team showed in that victory is crucial against a Suns' team he feels is improving despite their 10-match losing streak.

Gold Coast arguably should have beaten Richmond at the MCG and pushed Hawthorn all the way last weekend in Launceston.

"They're really big in front of the ball and they're as good as any team when the ball goes in there, in terms of scoring," Richardson said.

"From a team perspective their defence has been really positive, the last couple of weeks in particular.

"It's going to be a real challenge for us to get the ball moving. We've just got to make sure we turn up and be really aggressive. Look to get after the opposition with our pressure.

"We can be a pretty ordinary footy team if we don't get that done. That's really been our focus."

Injured duo Jimmy Webster (hamstring) and Nathan Wright (shoulder) have been replaced by Tom Lee and Jack Lonie in a Saints' line-up that also includes ex-Sun Maverick Weller and Gold Coast product Nick Riewoldt.

The Suns have made three changes from the team beaten by the Hawks with Trent McKenzie (quad) injured and Mitch Hallahan and Jarrad Grant omitted.

Jack Martin, Kade Kolodjashnij and Callum Ah Chee are the three players added to the team.

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