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Calf twinge forces Patrick Dangerfield out but the Geelong Cats get cream against St Kilda

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With a top-two spot nearly secured, the Cats’ solely fear is a calf damage to star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield as they head in the direction of finals for the seventh 12 months in a row after defeating St Kilda on Saturday evening.

Drama surrounded Dangerfield pre-game as he complained of calf tightness and was pressured to do an impromptu health take a look at 40 minutes earlier than the sport was attributable to begin.

The Cats star advised Channel Seven that “with where the season is at” the determination to overlook the sport was wise and Geelong shall be agonising over scans to evaluate the extent of the damage with simply two video games to play earlier than finals.

Patrick Dangerfield is missing Geelong’s clash with St Kilda.

Patrick Dangerfield is lacking Geelong’s conflict with St Kilda.Credit:Getty Images

They gained’t, nevertheless, be agonising about their kind as they recorded their eleventh consecutive win and sit two video games forward of third-placed Melbourne in prime spot with video games against Gold Coast and West Coast remaining for the aspect from the surf coast.

In distinction to the earlier week, Geelong flew from the blocks, kicking their highest first-quarter rating at GMHBA Stadium for 3 seasons. They ought to have kicked greater than 6.4 (40) but had been wasteful in entrance of aim as they took seven marks inside the ahead 50.

To their credit score the Saints hung in, kicking six objectives earlier than they kicked a behind, staying in contact on the scoreboard as they received their sport getting in the second quarter. They started profitable clearances and changing them into scores and managed the ball to disclaim the Cats the likelihood to blow up from congestion.

Jack Henry marks for the Cats.

Jack Henry marks for the Cats.Credit:AFL Photos

Jack Steele was main the approach, with Jack Higgins and Dan Butler full of life inside 50 as they drew inside 4 factors with a minute remaining in the half. With each Dangerfield and Joel Selwood lacking from the Cats’ group for the first time since 2016, St Kilda’s perception was rising. In the coaches field, Brett Ratten’s famend mid-game celebrations had returned, and the Saints had been dreaming.

But Cam Guthrie confirmed his growth as a pacesetter, hitting the subsequent centre bounce at tempo as the Saints prematurely considered half-time, and Tyson Stengle marked and kicked a aim on the siren to increase the result in 10 factors.

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