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Forward pressure a key for the Saints

Roger Vaughan 08/08/2009 07:33:18 PM Comments (0)

"Forward pressure" is almost more important to St Kilda's forwards than kicking goals.

Their relentless tackling and harassment of the Hawthorn defenders was again a feature as the Saints won by 25 points on Saturday in Launceston.

It extended St Kilda's winning streak to 19 with three rounds left until the finals.

Small forwards Adam Schneider and Stephen Milne were outstanding with three goals apiece, the former best afield.

Schneider kicked all three of his goals in the first quarter, one a freakish Leon Davis-style snap from the boundary.

He also had 10 tackles, while Milne had five.

"The best thing about our forward line at the moment is we're not relying on players to kick six or seven, you don't need (Nick) Riewoldt or (Justin) Koschitzke to do that," Schneider said.

"It's just whoever bobs up and does the work.

"We have a good process in place where forward pressure is one of our main things.

"We've got a little competition going in the club on the forward pressure and all that kind of thing.

"If you get that right, the rest takes care of itself."

Schneider was part of Sydney's 2005 premiership team before he followed coach Ross Lyon to the Saints at the end of the 2007 season.

He has become a mainstay of the Saints attack, working well with Milne.

Schneider said the circumstances of Saturday's match, where they were missing eight of their best players, made the win extra-special.

"It's one of the best games I've been involved in while I've been at this club, the way the boys fought at it and dug in from the word go," he said.

"To have (114) tackles for a game is just super ... everyone just did their bit."

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