Brisbane have enhanced their AFL top-four prospects and all however buried St Kilda’s finals hopes with a hard-fought 15-point win at Marvel Stadium.
Hugh McCluggage (23 disposals) and Cam Rayner (4 objectives) starred for the Lions, who dominated the primary half on Friday night time and resisted a surprising fightback from their hosts.
Mason Wooden (4 objectives) and Tim Membrey (three) helped drag the Saints again into the competition as Brad Crouch, Seb Ross and Jack Sinclair lifted through the third time period.
However a string of wasted possibilities in entrance of objective – most notably by Max King, who completed with 0.5 – in the end proved expensive for St Kilda as Brisbane steadied to put up a 12.9 (81) to 9.12 (66) victory on Friday night time.
Rayner kicked three objectives in a decisive final-quarter contribution, with the Lions including 4.1 to 0.5 for the time period.
The consequence lifted Brisbane to second spot on the ladder, although Collingwood, Melbourne and Sydney have video games in hand and may leapfrog the Lions with wins over the weekend.
St Kilda now need to depend on a string of different outcomes falling their manner with a purpose to hold alive their probabilities of gatecrashing the top-eight.
The Saints will possible tackle Sydney within the final match of the home-and-away season with out midfield accumulator Crouch, who’s in bother for a excessive bump on Brisbane defender Darcy Gardiner.
And Jimmy Webster can also be set to lacking after being substituted out of the Lions conflict with a hamstring damage earlier than quarter-time.
Webster’s setback got here because the Saints’ back-line handled a deluge of opposition ahead entries that Brisbane could not make rely on the scoreboard.
The primary objective was in opposition to the run of play when St Kilda livewire Jack Higgins made essentially the most of an open ahead line to bounce by a drop punt from 60 metres.
There have been 4 lead adjustments within the opening time period, with Eric Hipwood’s objective on the siren giving the Lions a one-point benefit.
The guests dominated the second quarter, constructing a 26-point lead off a 32-17 benefit in inside-50s by the primary half as McCluggage pulled the strings in midfield.
The Saints flipped the script within the third quarter as Wooden and Membrey kicked two objectives every, briefly placing the house aspect again in entrance.
King’s tally included three behinds through the third quarter, together with two from set pictures about 20 metres out.
He had an opportunity to stage the scores through the last time period however missed from 40 metres, with the Lions going coast-to-coast from the kick-in that resulted in a Joe Daniher objective.
Rayner iced the consequence with an outstanding curling shot from the boundary.
Daniher and Hipwood completed with two objectives every, whereas Brownlow medallist Lachie Neale (16 disposals) was outplayed by spectacular minder Marcus Windahger (21).