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Saints with a plan to tame Tigers

Can St Mary’s end a run of three consecutive grand final losses on Saturday. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

DENYING Colac time and space with the ball will be crucial to St Mary’s avoiding a fourth consecutive GFL Grand Final defeat according to Saints co-coach Travis Robertson.

When the Tigers handed St Mary’s 65-point hiding in Round 14 at Anthony Costa Oval, the visitors comfortably won the uncontested possession count 239-197.

It’s an area Robertson is well aware the Saints have to control the highly-skilled Tiger outfit.

“You don’t want the ball in their hands with time and space as they can carve you up,” he said.

“I watched the game against Joeys down at Colac on video, and some of their ball use was exquisite.

“I can image ‘Carso’ (St Joseph’s coach Paul Carson) was pulling his hair out because they were just hitting kicks through the middle of the ground you wouldn’t think they’d take.”

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However, Robertson was keeping what else St Mary’s has planned for the Tigers close to his chest.

“There are a few key stats we’re going to focus in on; I’m probably not going to share those with you because that would be playing into their hands.

“But, their strength is holding the footy, and getting first use of through the midfield will be really important.”

But Robertson did admit St Mary’s has some specific match-ups it will look to put in place at the first bounce.

“We’ve identified a few roles; whether that be forward, back, midfield,” he said.

“There are a few players we need to be aware of, hence the reason why they finished on top of the ladder.

“We’ve got some role for some guys, and they’ll need to execute them really well.”

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