Highlights: Adelaide v St Kilda
The Tigers and Demons clash in round 8
Crows forward Tom Lynch didn't repeat his 10-goal haul from last week but he enjoyed this one against the Saints
ADELAIDE has levelled its season with a runaway 40-point win over St Kilda at AAMI Stadium on Sunday night.
The match failed to reach any great heights in the first two quarters but eight second-half goals from the Crows set up an important victory – squaring their season at 4-4.
Rory Sloane was sensational for the home side, picking up 25 possessions, including 15 in the second quarter at 93 per cent efficiency.
Adelaide coach Brenton Sanderson said it was his most satisfying win
of the season.
"I just felt like we were in control of the game for the majority of it," Sanderson said.
"We didn't have those big lapses where an opposition scores two or three quick goals.
"We just seemed to be consistent from start to finish, even though we weren't really hitting the scoreboard.
"We probably played some of our most consistent, best footy."Five talking points: Adelaide v St Kilda
Fans had to wait nearly 18 minutes for the game's first goal but its second came less than a minute later when Saint Stephen Milne snapped truly down the other end.
It took the Saints 11 inside 50s to register their first goal – their tall forwards well held by the likes of Daniel Talia, Ben Rutten and Andy Otten.
Sloane was working relentlessly from defence through to attack for Adelaide while Leigh Montagna was everywhere for the Saints, both with 19 disposals in the first half.
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The Crows held the momentum for much of the second-term and managed 22 more disposals but constant turnovers made it impossible to build a significant lead; the margin just nine points at half time.
Adelaide maintained the run of play in the third term and the game finally looked like opening up when Daniel Talia found himself in unfamiliar territory and booted his side's sixth.
Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt responded quickly with his first of the night, but a trio of majors to Richard Douglas, van Berlo and last week's 10-goal hero Tom Lynch saw the Crows in control by the final change.
They extended their lead in the final term with goals to Jason Porplyzia, Lynch and Jenkins.
The Saints just couldn't make the most of their opportunities on Sunday and were left to rue poor kicking both in front of goal and around the ground.Click here to vote for the three best St Kilda players from the match
Crow Richard Douglas' goal-saving chase and tackle against Terry Milera was the icing on what was a pretty bitter cake.
Despite the 40-point loss St Kilda coach Scott Watters insisted his side was heading in the right direction
"I think we're on track with where we need to be, we're playing the players that we need to play, we understand that a large portion of our list needs to be developed and needs to grow but we're excited by that," Watters said.
"You're not going to see knee jerk reactions from a win or loss from our point of view."
Watters refused to blame the six-day break after last Monday's game against Carlton for the Saints' second-half fadeout.
"If I make an excuse for that now I'm going to have to make an excuse for that in another 6 days so we're not into that," he said.
The Saints coach praised the defensive games of Jarryn Geary and Sean Dempster, and hailed the unceasing work-rate of Nick Riewoldt.
"So there are still a lot of positives and for half a game of footy, with I guess a few young players out there, they hung pretty tough, but obviously there's some improvements for us and some learning from the second half," Watters said.
Jack Newnes gets a handball away through Josh Jenkins' legs. Picture: AFL Media
ADELAIDE 2.4 4.8 9.12 12.15 (87)
ST KILDA 2.4 3.5 5.7 6.11 (47)
Jenkins 2, Lynch 2, Mackay, McKernan, Vince, Thompson, Talia, Douglas, Van Berlo, Porplyzia
Milne 2, Saad 2, Armitage, Riewoldt
Douglas, Sloane, Jacobs, Jenkins, Lynch, Talia
Montagna, Roberton, Newnes, Dempster, Dal Santo, Ray
Jason Porplyzia replaced Matthew Wright in the third quarter
Arryn Siposs replaced Beau Maister in the third quarter
Donlon, Fleer, Stewart
34,605 at AAMI Stadium