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St. Kilda Saints

Saints push Hawks to the edge

In tight: Jonathon Ceglar marks the ball under pressure.

The Hawks didn't have it all their own way as the young Saints pushed them to their limit, with scores level at the final break and the Saints stretching out to an 11-point lead early in the final term.

Magpies without an excuse for loss to Saints

Collingwood players leave the field after their loss to St Kilda on Saturday.

This was the loss without excuse. It was not against a top side. It was not with a hopelessly undermanned side. It was against a depleted side. This was a loss that rubbed varnish from Nathan Buckley.

Riewoldt, McCartin 'more likely' to face Hawks

Injured: Paddy McCartin also left the field due to concussion.

Emerging St Kilda star Jack Billings says the challenge for the Saints is to remain at "another level", as it appeared Nick Riewoldt and Paddy McCartin would recover from head knocks in time to face Hawthorn on Saturday.

'Out-grunted' Pies debate change

Nathan Buckley

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley vowed he would not be afraid to make changes to personnel or game plans after his struggling side were "out-grunted" in a shock five-goal loss to an injury-hit St Kilda at the MCG on Saturday.