Victory above the superior-traveling Lions in Brisbane will give St Kilda the excellent springboard into the back 50 percent of their AFL season, according to coach Brett Ratten.
The Lions are 2nd on the ladder immediately after a 14-issue reduction to third-put Fremantle previous spherical even though the Saints are coming off the bye, which adopted 3 successive wins to sit fifth.
“In all probability the challenging perform commences now for us,” Ratten mentioned ahead of their Saturday night clash.
“We’ve acquired ourselves into a place which is encouraging and we’ve demonstrated growth as a workforce but now that genuine tough operate begins.
“We have obtained 11 video games to go to see where by we’re at.”
Ratten claimed Brisbane at the Gabba would give his side with a evaluate of wherever they sat from the opposition heavyweights.
They can choose self-confidence from knocking about the Dockers in Perth in spherical two.
“With these teams close to you, you locate out in which you might be at, primarily at their household ground,” Ratten reported.
“The troubles up there – the floor, their supporters, their surroundings – but which is what I’m wanting ahead to seeing where by our group’s at.
“The maturity of our group has truly flourished this time, when we have been challenged in online games … our resilience to just battle and come across a way is definitely satisfying and we’ll have to do that this week.
“We know what they can do up there – I consider they have won 22 of 23 up there so it helps make a massive problem for us.”
Ratten predicted a prolonged night time at the assortment desk with St Kilda gamers in impolite health but it was a headache he welcomed.
Previous skipper Jarryn Geary is just not obtainable following his shoulder personal injury flared but ought to only skip the 7 days.
“We haven’t been in this area for a although, to have a amount of gamers in fantastic variety all set to go and participate in, but it is a good position for us to be,” Ratten said.
Star Brisbane crucial forward Joe Daniher is established to return just after five video games out with a shoulder personal injury with Ratten intrigued to see how the Lions lined up their tall timber.
The risk of St Kilda ruck duo Paddy Ryder and Rowan Marshall implies the Lions will possible need to phone on two real ruckmen to counter.
“Do they perform the two (ruckmen Oscar McInerney and Darcy Fort)?,” Ratten mentioned.
“That means their ahead line will be (Eric) Hipwood, (Dan) McStay, Daniher and Fort, which is really tall.
“It will be intriguing.”