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St Kilda coach Brett Ratten says he knows “directly” the Optus Stadium turf is not up to its usual standard and has warned it could end in disaster next time.

After nearly 40mm of rain in 48 hours and matches played at English Premier League exhibition grounds on Friday and Saturday, they have ensured a less than pristine ground for Sunday’s AFL clash.

WA’s under-18 state clash before the West Coast v St Kilda match has been pulled from Optus Stadium due to a meat scare.

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While ground crews did a good job in the hours leading up to Sunday’s clash after Saturday’s football game, Ratten said the face was still a “danger”.

“There’s not much we can do about it,” he said when asked how he got the patch.

“We knew right away (the look was wearing well).

“Before the game, we all went out to watch. We wanted to analyze what it looks like, check it out.

“I felt it shift underfoot.

“It was more about your mindset on your play, can you go up and run, twist and turn the ball? They have to take that into account because of the ground.

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“The game was not what it was called. We had to adapt to it because we were going to play.

Ratten in 2010 It paralleled Luke O’Sullivan’s successful legal action in 1993 over his long-term injury at Waverley Park.

O’Sullivan missed the entire Carlton season in 1993 after injuring his knee in a controversial tackle on some Waverley Park turf.

A knee injury later forced him out of court with the AFL and his former club.

“I don’t want the player to have a long-term injury that affects them never playing the game again or anything like that,” he said.

“That’s the worry and concern. If something happens, will the player sue the ground?”

“It’s happened before … it’s something you should probably think about when you’re scheduling.”

“You hate to see something happen because it’s probably over the top.”

Saints star Tim Mumbrey admitted the pitch was “very hard and slippery” to play on, while Eagles coach Adam Simpson said half the pitch was dry in the sun and the other side was “a bit of a bog” in the shadow of the grandstand.

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But Simpson thought the ground crew did a “fantastic” job considering the weather and schedule.

“We lost the game because it was on the field,” he said.

“On the ground, I thought they did a good job with the way it was going.

“The rain here last night and all week, I thought the ground was amazing considering what they’ve been through.

“We’re 17th so I’m not worried about that; maybe it’s a bit different if it’s preseason,” Simpson said when asked if he was comfortable playing on the pitch like Sunday.

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