The Southern Saints have made it 4 wins from 4 games as they brushed past the Western Crows in Round 4 of the AFL New Zealand Premiership.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for the Saints as the Crows got off to a hot start kicking the first three goals of the game. The Saints kept their focus as Harley Jenkins kicked 2 of his 5 goals in reponse.
The damage was done in the second term as the Saints pushed on and kicked 7 goals to 0 as they held a 40 point lead at the half time break. Harley Jenkins was kicking goals in the forward line while Andrew Bisset and James Kusel were holding down the fort in the backline.
The Crows came out after halftime and played some terrific footy to kick 5 goals and reduce the margin to 20 points. Taylor Potter and Brendan Clark were great additions to the midfield while Jay Green was pushed into the forward line.
Kicking with a strong wind in final term, the Saints flew home kicking another 6 goals for the quarter to win by 48 points and remain unbeaten.
The Saints take on the inconsistent Giants in round 5 and this will be a game where anything could happen so make sure to get down to North Harbour Stadium at 3.40pm this Sunday, March 8.
Andrew Bisset is playing some sublime football in defence for the Saints. His ability to read the play is phenomenal and is up there as one of the top 3 players in the competition.
The support cast:
The attacking power of the Saints! Harley Jenkins kicked another 5 goals over the weekend and was supported by Dom Parkes-Dolan and George Read.
The consolation effort:
Taylor Potter produced his best game of his Premiership career playing in the midfield. Potter is in his first season at the top flight and fought hard around the contest all game to be named the Crows best on ground.
“We have a strong leadership group within our squad and they led from the front again today and keep driving us forward to victory.” Sean Mayes, Southern Saints Head Coach.
“The Saints are a quality side and they run all day. From our point of view, we were happy with how we played and can’t be to critical of ourselves. We just came up against a very polished team today.” Matt Cawley, Western Crows Head Coach.
Southern Saints: Harley Jenkins 5, Dom Parkes-Dolan 3, Josh Robles 2, George Read 2, Josh Cunliffe 2, Tommy Burke 1, Travis Walker 1, Keegan Pook 1
Western Crows: Sam Anderson 2, Brendan Clark 2, Jay Green 2, Taylor Potter 1, Joe Goto 1, Dan Howie 1
Best on ground:
Southern Saints: Andrew Bisset
Western Crows: Taylor Potter