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Geelong will look to extend their winning streak to 11 games when they battle the Saints to stay in the top eight on Saturday night.

The Cats (15-4, 135.5%) sit at the top of the ladder and will look as keen as ever for a true flag when they host Rhys Stanley.

Meanwhile, Saints (11-8, 104.3%) have been in up-and-down form, but now sit eighth in a must-win game for Brett Rath’s side, boosted by the return of Dougal Howard.

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Geelong pulled two late changes, Jonathon Seglar and Mark Blicavs from 22, the former named medical sub. Then there were concerns about Patrick Daggerfield, who reported a low level of calf tightness in the heat. The Cats then made a conservative call along with the medical team, ruling Dangerfield out of the game while Luke Dahlhaus entered the sideline.

Dangerfield confirmed that he is feeling tightness in the same area in the same calf that he struggled with earlier in the season.

It’s a bit tight – and the last time I raised my calf, I honestly didn’t trust myself to make the right decision so close to game time. At this time of year, given our circumstances, the conservative route is the best route.

Although I trained fully, it was a bit tight during the week, so I was confident about that. But on a slight decline this evening, I just didn’t feel right. In the back of your mind, it’s just about making a mature decision when the time is right.

“(It’s stressful), but to be honest, it’s almost a relief because as it gets closer to the game, the crowd starts to move and the feeling is that they want to be involved. But if good decision making is not right, there are things that can be implemented.

Zach Jones was the St Kilda sub who made no late changes.

Channel 7’s Jobe Watson said when asked if the Cats were tipping their hat.

This match will be played at 7.25pm ​​AEST from the GMHBA Stadium.

Watch it live on Fox Footy (Channel 504) from 7.20pm AEST.

Quarter-by-quarter match report

The first quarter

The Saints made a quick start to the game, with Jack Sinclair scoring the first goal within the first two minutes.

But Geelong quickly clicked into gear and responded at the other end with a forward 50 stoppage time, Zach Tuoi scoring a brilliant goal.

Triple Melbourne best and fairest winner Nathan Jones told Channel 7: “It’s the weight of numbers at the minute, they hold their positions very well.

“Their quality use of the ball in recovery is very poor.”

However, the Cats failed to capitalize on the scoreboard with three straight back-to-backs, including a seemingly easy shot attempt for Brad Close. Tom Hawkins then broke the drought, marking the strongest competition and taking the club’s second league title as the Cats had 10 of their first 11 inside 50s.

Tyson Stengle then made the first play of the night, and due to some great ball movement from his teammates down the field, Hawkins converted the opportunity to hit his second shot to extend the lead to 21 points.

At one stage, Saints goalkeeper Tim Membre moved into defense to stop the bleeding.

The Saints got one on the grain late in the first term, with Jack Higgins getting a free kick for a trip and a shot.

But the Cats continued to show their foot on the throat and kicked the ball forward, earning a 50m penalty where swingman Jack Henry scored.

The Saints were able to get back into the contest after leveling the Cats with a clearance, with Mason Wood winning a penalty for a high tackle and slotting home the shot.

But Mitch Duncan struck big on the quarter-time siren, nailing a long-range shot to give the Cats a 22-point advantage at the first change.

The Cats had just nine points inside 50 in the first quarter, with three-time premiership Lion Jonathan Brown telling Fox Footy: “It’s unbelievable … those St Kilda defenders are going to have a nightmare.”

Second quarter

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