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Geelong Cats premiership favourites but fixture curveball, defeat St Kilda Saints, Nathan Buckley on Best On Ground

Geelong veteran Zach Tuoi believes there is a different feel to his squad in 2022 after the Cats claimed their 11th straight win on Saturday night.

But while seven-time All-Australian Nathan Buckley believes the Cats are “top of the ladder at the right time of year and for a reason”, he has some concerns about how “strong” the Cats could be in September. A clash with two under-10 opponents to come in the final two home-and-away rounds.

The Cats cemented their place in the top four with a 45-point win over St Kilda at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday. It means the Cats will have a double chance at the finals for the fourth straight season – and the ninth time in 12 seasons under coach Chris Scott.

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The narrative around Geelong at this time of year is that they have been able to translate their home and away form into a breakout campaign in recent seasons, consistently reaching the premier finals since 2013 but falling short of the flag.

Speaking on Fox Football The best on earth On Saturday night, Tuohy said there was something different about the 2022 Cats.

“Obviously we feel like we’re in a big buzz at the end of the year, but this year it kind of smells different,” Tuohy told Fox Footy.

“I’m not sure you can shut down one or two of our players and you think it’s going to overreact, which is a big problem.

Triple premiership Lion Jonathan Brown said the Cats were the clear No. 1 seed heading into the finals. The best on earth: “I’m guessing. They’re building something pretty well, they just seem so complete.”

“I’m more confident with the style of game they play. I think it will store better in September.

Saints champion Nick Realt Rowe added: “That style of play has made them inconsistent – especially under pressure in the finals – slide that control game into it and they still go for it, but they have less desire to start games.” They liked it.

I think they are much better in attack than they have been recently and less desperate in defence.

After a grueling five-game run against finals contenders, the Cats now face Gold Coast (11th) and West Coast (17th) to complete their home-and-away tie.

“Not the best way to end a home-and-away season,” Buckley pointed out.

“You want to be strong because you have that week between home and away and finals, so if there’s anything that doesn’t work for Geelong it’s probably those two games,” he told Best On Ground. But they took it all before them.

Isaac Smith of the Cats is in stellar form. Picture: Darrian TraynorSource: Getty Images

But Buckley said the changes the Cats have made personnel-wise over the past 12 months will put them in a good position to hit the flag this year.

“Sam de Congin back, Tyson Steagle forward, Jeremy Cameron up, Zach Guthrie played a great game tonight and Tom Atkins in midfield – five players they’ve got this year they didn’t have last year. he said.

“They’ve always had a deep squad and role players, but they look deeper again this year.

“The other two are Max Holmes, he’s a young player who’s working, and at the other end of the spectrum is Isaac Smith – those are two running players who get up on the ground in front of the ball. Brad Close is another one… Sam Menegola wasn’t even in the 22 and he came in. And he’s a legitimate AFL player.

“They’re really well positioned and they’ve been able to combine that depth of team with smart trades and recruiting, salary cap management – they’ve done well.”

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