AFL

St. Kilda Saints

Saints relieved to win and quell doubt

Saints coach Alan Richardson.

Seven goals in the third quarter killed off Essendon and any doubts created by the humbling in Perth and a first half that St Kilda dominated everywhere but the scoreboard, Saints coach Alan Richardson said.

Live: Saints v Dons

Saints skipper Nick Riewoldt.

The pressure will ramp up on the Saints if they can't respond to last week's heavy loss to West Coast when they face Essendon in the round's final game.

Cox defends Saints' selections

The Saints weren't in the race against West Coast.

St Kilda football manager Jamie Cox has defended the Saints' selections at the weekend, while stressing that the club had to ensure Sunday's 103-point loss to West Coast was "an aberration."

Whitfield sticks with Giants

Signing on: Lachie Whitfield gets a handball away for the Giants

Former number one pick Lachie Whitfield, the most coveted out-of-contract Giant, has spurned offers to return home to Victoria, instead re-signing to stay in Greater Western Sydney.