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Port Adelaide return to the Adelaide Arena at Jiangwan Stadium this season. And this time, they’ve brought St Kilda with them. Join The Roar from 2:20pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage.
The Saints were kept honest by Carlton last weekend, as it stayed close until three-quarter time. St Kilda eventually pressed on to win by 13. It possibly should have been more, alas inaccurate kicking plagued them all night. 14 behinds in total, only four of them rushed.
Port Adelaide travelled to Tassie to face off against Hawthorn, and they trailed from the first minute right through to the last. A 31 point loss the final margin.
Form-wise, both teams have a 5-5 record. St Kilda had lost their last five before the win against Carlton and Port have had a stop-start season So neither side is exactly running with momentum just yet.
Port and St Kilda sit tenth and eleventh on the ladder respectively going into the round. Equal on points, but 13 per cent apart. A strong win either way – and the help of other results – could see the winner of this one move into the top eight, though that is unlikely.
Given the percentage gap back to The Bombers in 12th, a loss for Port might see them drop only one spot. The Saints however could drop to 13th.
Blake Acres has taken ill on the trip over, and has been removed from the squad. This allows captain Jarryn Geary back into squad after missing six matches with a thigh injury.
Port get key ruckman Scott Lycett back, with Ryan Burton and Riley Bonner. Tom Rockliff has been taken out of the squad after failing a fitness test as battles a hamstring injury. He is joined on the outs list by Billy Frampton and Peter Ladhams.
Most of this Port side have played in Shanghai before, but there are plenty who haven’t. So any acclimatisation advantage will be minimal. Should be close, but Port still to win.
Port by 18
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Where: Jiangwan Stadium, Shanghai.
When: Sunday, 2nd June 2:20pm (AEST)
TV: Fox Footy, AFL Live Pass.
B: 36. Daniel McKenzie – 22. Nathan Brown – 5. Shane Savage
HB: 44. Callum Wilkie – 26. Josh Battle – 14. Jarryn Geary
C: 21. Ben Long – 6. Sebastian Ross – 16. Jack Newnes
HF: 15. Jack Billings – 27. Josh Bruce – 35. Jack Sinclair
F: 25. Dean Kent – 28. Tim Membrey – 34. Matthew Parker
Foll: 19. Rowan Marshall – 9. Jack Steele – 4. Jade Gresham
I/C: 7. Luke Dunstan – 30. Ed Phillips – 41. Robbie Young – 43. Jonathon Marsh
B: 43. Dan Houston – 17. Tom Clurey – 3. Ryan Burton
HB: 33. Darcy Byrne-Jones – 32. Dougal Howard – 42. Tom Jonas
C: 15. Karl Amon – 9. Robbie Gray – 21. Xavier Duursma
HF: 6. Steven Motlop – 39. Justin Westhoff – 24. Kane Farrell
F: 20. Connor Rozee – 4. Paddy Ryder – 46. Sam Gray
Foll: 29. Scott Lycett – 2. Sam Powell-Pepper – 10. Travis Boak
I/C: 40. Jarrod Lienert – 26. Riley Bonner – 18. Zak Butters – 5. Matthew Broadbent