Max King celebrates a goal during the match simulation between St Kilda and Essendon at RSEA Park on February 23, 2024. Picture: AFL Photos

WESTERN Bulldogs draftee Ryley Sanders starred as the Dogs recorded a 25-point win over Hawthorn on Friday.

The 2023 pick No.6 already looked set to make his debut against Melbourne in round one before Friday's match simulation, but lived up to the pre-season hype with an eye-catching effort that included a brilliant goal on the run from outside 50 in the 16.12 (108) to 12.11 (83) win at the Whitten Oval. 

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Meanwhile, St Kilda's new faces Darcy Wilson and Riley Bonner have gone a long way to booking themselves round one spots after impressive showings in Friday's match simulation against Essendon.

The Saints recorded a comfortable 66-point win over the Bombers at RSEA Park, but the big win was marred by young midfielder Marcus Windhager who suffered a hand injury in the first quarter and sat out the remainder of the game.

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