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Five talking points: St Kilda v Collingwood

Highlights: St Kilda v Collingwood The Saints and Magpies clash in round nine

1. That's how you kick De Goals, Saints

At half-time St Kilda was up by a point and fans were close to the happiest they had been with their team all season. But just 15 minutes later, they were in a familiar place – their team had given up a run of goals, punctuated with St Kilda behinds. It was in marked contrast to Collingwood forward Jordan De Goey, who took full advantage of a St Kilda defence missing the injured Jake Carlisle, Sam Gilbert and Dylan Roberton. De Goey had a first half to remember, running rampant and eventually finishing with a career-high six goals straight.

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2. An unlikely Newnes hero, but Membrey struggles

Before the match against Collingwood, the highest number of goals Jack Newnes had kicked in a match was just two. By half-time, the 25-year-old had three and finished the match with 4.2. It was a welcome change for Saints fans, who have put up with woefully inaccurate goalkicking and low scoring this season. Unfortunately, the same could not be said for key forward Tim Membrey, who had another miserable night in front of goal. After recording 1.5 last week, he managed just three behinds and looked bereft of confidence. With Newnes not key-forward size and Josh Bruce out with a back injury, Membrey needs the support of another big body, and quickly.

 

3. Patchy Pies get the job done

It wasn't Collingwood's most convincing performance of the season, but sometimes you just need to bank the four points and move on. The Magpies were generally second to the ball in the first half, but noticeably lifted their pressure in the second half. A seven-goal burst in the third term created a comfortable buffer and was a marked improvement on the team's five-goal effort last week against Geelong. The last quarter rapidly deteriorated in quality, with the teams trading horror turnovers and just 2.6 scored between them. Not one to watch on the replay, but a win's a win.

4. No goals, but Cox creates carnage

Sometimes a key forward doesn't have to hit the scoreboard to have an impact on the game. Despite some close attention from Nathan Brown for much of the match, he was the focal point for many of Collingwood's forward 50 entries. He struggled to hold his marks at times, but the superb roving of the classier Magpies like Daniel Wells and De Goey meant it wasn't too costly. He also managed to clean up both Brown and his teammate Hunter Clark in the final term in a marking contest. Brown did not return to the field, leaving the inexperienced Rowan Marshall to try and contain the giant American.

5. Hey, brother!

On the night of the royal wedding and Prince Phillip making a rare public appearance, it seemed fitting the Phillips brothers lined up directly on each other. Older brother Tom made a beeline for Ed, playing just his second game, and the two shared a grin on the wing before play got underway. They spent most of the match loosely matched against each other, with Tom taking the chocolates with 30 disposals to Ed's 19, even celebrating his goal with an unusual "sleeping" mime.

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