RETURN TO ACTION: Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs will be back to boost his team against the Saints.
RETURN TO ACTION: Tom Liberatore of the Bulldogs will be back to boost his team against the Saints. JULIAN SMITH

Saints up for fight with Dogs

ST KILDA is embracing the challenge of taking on a top-four team, the Western Bulldogs, at Etihad Stadium to see how far it’s come and how far it may have to go.

The Saints lost four of their first five games this season, and were crushed by the Dogs in round two when restricted to just five goals.

But the surging Saints have won six of their past eight, and were within two games of eighth-placed North Melbourne before the Roos’ clash with Collingwood last night.

“We need to be able to stand up against the best in the comp to be able to be happy about where we’re heading,” Saints assistant coach Adam Kinglsey said.

“We haven’t played our best footy against them the last couple of times. The Bulldogs are certainly right up there, so we’re looking forward to that challenge just to see exactly where we sit.”

For the Saints, Shane Savage comes in for the omitted Darren Minchington, while onballer Tom Liberatore replaces forward Jake Stringer (shoulder) for the Bulldogs.


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