AFL 2021 LIVE updates: St Kilda, Richmond face off in Maddie’s Match

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  • The medical subs plus two late changes
  • Defensive pressure key for Saints
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The medical subs plus two late changes

We have two late changes to tonight’s teams with St Kilda losing running midfielder Zak Jones and ruckman Rowan Marshall who have been replaced by Luke Dunstan and Paul Hunter.

The medical subs for tonight are Ben Long (Saints) and Jack Ross (Tigers).

Defensive pressure key for Saints

St Kilda’s defensive pressure lifted in the second half last round. They applied 42 tackles – doubling their round three tally of 21. Richmond also applied a season-high 33 tackles in the second half last round against Port Adelaide. Jack Bytel recorded six tackles after half time in round four – ranked equal-third in the AFL.

‘Hopefully he gets a cold’: Ross an option as Saints consider how to stop Martin

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has left the door ajar for the Saints to apply a hard tag to Richmond superstar Dustin Martin in Thursday night’s date with the Tigers at Marvel Stadium.

Ratten joked that the best way to stop the Brownlow medallist was for him to get a cold, before suggesting more seriously that St Kilda could employ a lockdown player to curb the Richmond great’s influence.

Dustin Martin, left, tackles Zak Jones, right, during the Tigers’ round four loss to St Kilda last year.Credit:Getty Images

Martin has started the season outstandingly, notching 13 score assists through four rounds. No AFL player had recorded more through the opening four rounds of a season since Chance Bateman’s 14 in 2009.

Martin was dominant in Richmond’s semi-final win over the Saints last October, notching 25 disposals, 10 clearances and a goal.

Rattten hinted that dual best and fairest Seb Ross could be the man sent to Martin.

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Good evening!

G’day everyone! I’m Roy Ward and welcome to tonight’s AFL live blog as we begin round five with the clash between a resurgent St Kilda Saints and reigning premiers Richmond Tigers from Marvel Stadium.

The two clubs will continue their tradition of deeming this ‘Maddie’s Match’ in memory of Maddie Riewoldt, the sister of Nick and cousin of Jack, who died from complications from bone marrow failure in 2015 with her foundation, Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision, continuing to raise money to find new ways to treat Bone Marrow Failure syndrome.

We have a great match ahead of us, please feel free to leave a comment on the blog and enjoy the evening to come.

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