Carlton have spent the perfect a part of 10 days reflecting on the horror begin that led to their first lack of the AFL season – and making an attempt to work out a treatment.
The Blues have been steamrolled early by a red-hot Adelaide, who kicked eight of the primary 9 targets earlier than quarter-time of their round-five encounter.
To say it stung Michael Voss’s facet is an understatement.
So, if there’s one factor St Kilda can anticipate from Carlton at Marvel Stadium on Sunday, it is a scorching opening to what shapes as an intriguing conflict.
“(Final week) actually mirrored that in the event you’re slightly bit off in opposition to a extremely good group you may get jumped,” Blues assistant coach Ash Hansen mentioned.
“That first quarter actually wasn’t what we wish to stand for and we’re wanting ahead to a great reply.
“Our contest hasn’t been to the extent that it has been beforehand … and that is a key pillar of any facet and definitely ours.
“We’re seeking to construct on that.”
Carlton might want to crack open a stingy St Kilda defence that could be a clear No.1 within the competitors for fewest factors conceded below returned coach Ross Lyon this season.
The Saints (4-1) have given up a mean of simply 59.4 factors a sport throughout the opening 5 rounds.
For the Blues, it means discovering extra avenues to purpose than Charlie Curnow, who has kicked a team-high 18 targets this season, and fellow key ahead Harry McKay.
“These guys are a extremely robust presence and have proven that they are able to taking a mark and place themselves actually constantly, so I do not blame our guys for knocking it into them,” Hansen mentioned.
“However we wish to be multi-dimensional going ahead as a result of that is the profile of fine groups.
“We’re actually seeking to work at that and be influential in numerous methods.”
St Kilda have introduced again key ahead Tim Membrey (knee) and captain Jack Steele (damaged collarbone) from accidents, and the robust midfielder is about to do battle with rival skipper Patrick Cripps.
“Traditionally they’ve gone face to face,” Hansen mentioned.
“Each are nice ball-winners and I believe Ross (Lyon) has already talked about that, in order that needs to be an awesome look ahead to the followers.”
Carlton have managed younger tall Tom De Koning, with Marc Pittonet cleared to shoulder ruck duties in opposition to Rowan Marshall regardless of copping a knock to a watch final week.
Mitch McGovern returns from a calf harm to bolster the back-line and mature-age rookie Alex Cincotta will debut as a alternative for dashing defender Adam Saad (hamstring).
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