St Kilda champion Nick Riewoldt believes coach Brett Rattan should have made more dramatic changes following a “horrendous” run of form.
He warned that several players signed up this week are on their “last chance” for Sunday’s game against West Coast.
Speaking on AFL 360, Riewoldt said he found it almost impossible to know which version of the Saints would be available for the rest of the season.
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“Their run of form over the last seven weeks has been terrible and everything they’ve hung their hat on when they’ve played their best footy has completely disappeared,” he said.
I think what I struggle with is the inconsistency from week to week and also between games.
Former Herald Sun chief football reporter Mike Sheehan agreed and slammed the side’s meek performance at the start of last week’s match against the Western Bulldogs.
“It was an indictment of the whole football club against the Bulldogs, that first 40 minutes was embarrassing,” he said.
“The club didn’t seem to care. Of course they think, but You can’t hit like that.
“There’s trying and there’s really trying. No one goes out without trying, but they are not a dog hungry group, it is a good group. This is where inequality comes from.
While the Saints’ ball handling and other aspects of the game plan were questioned, the Saints faced a much simpler problem.
“I heard a lot about ball usage this week … you put 11 tackles in half a foot,” he said.
“So this is an effort. That’s a strength and it just wasn’t there for this team.
Jones and Wanganen-Millera were not included in the statement Retten could have made, Riewoldt said.
“I thought we were going to see some big changes this week. You can’t be tied down by talent,” he said.
“I understand that when you have a season on the line, your philosophy is you don’t want to be too complacent, but sometimes you have to make a statement and I thought he would have sent it more.”