St Kilda livewire Jack Higgins kicked off the first five-goal run of his career to propel his side to a 26-point victory over the Gold Coast Suns and the Saints’ fourth straight victory.
Not since rounds seven-10, 2020, when the Saints last played footy in the final, had they not chained four straight wins, but they did in a 13.9 (87) triumph at 9.7 (61) on the Suns at Docklands Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
St Kilda lost the inside 50 tally 56-53 but ran at 43 per cent efficiency inside the 50 against Gold Coast’s 36 per cent.
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Higgins, who returned from a one-game layoff with a concussion, notched two of his five goals in one minute in the first term, while another saw him ice a pass of electric play that started deep in St Kilda’s defensive 50.
The Saints’ win lifted them to third in the standings, where percentage puts them between second-placed Lions and fourth-placed Swans.
Reigning Premiers Melbourne, who are yet to lose a game this season, are the only other side to win four games in a row in 2022.
St Kilda’s four-game winning streak follows a 17-point first-round loss to Collingwood, which suggested the Saints’ woes in 2021 were going nowhere.
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“We put some things into practice in pre-season to become more cohesive as a footy club,” said Brendon Lade, who replaced Brett Ratten in the Suns clash because the head coach had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Those first five weeks probably showed that. Everyone thought it was bleak after the first round, but it turns out Collingwood are a pretty good team…we’ve done a good job over the last four weeks. and have been really consistent in what we’re looking for.”
Saints fans were also given a boost on Saturday by the successful return of midfielder Zak Jones via the VFL with Sandringham.
The former Swan recorded 27 takedowns and nine clearances upon his return from personal leave.
St Kilda will open round six in a game against GWS at Manuka Oval next Friday night, while Gold Coast are set to meet Brisbane at Carrara next Sunday afternoon.
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