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Prestigiacomo denies targeting Riewoldt

By Melissa Woods 16/07/2010 02:49:16 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood defender Simon Prestigiacomo says the Magpies have no plans to target St Kilda skipper Nick Riewoldt in his second AFL match back from a long-term injury at the MCG on Saturday.

Riewoldt was heavily marked by Brisbane last round as he made his return from surgery to repair a damaged hamstring tendon, suffered against the Magpies back in round three.

The Saints ran out victors in that match, limiting Collingwood to just four goals in a low-scoring affair, with the Magpies unable to kick a goal in the second half of the match.

Prestigiacomo said he expected to spend some time lining up against charismatic Saints leader but he wouldn't come in for any special attention.

"I dare say we'll cross paths during the game," he said after Collingwood training on Friday.

"But we'll just play how we normally play. I think in previous games we haven't really targeted too many players so we'll just play how we normally play and take it like that."

Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell completed training but his calf injury will keep him out of the afternoon blockbuster, as No.2 on the AFL ladder takes on No.3.

Prestigiacomo said his side was looking for an improved performance on their round three showing, and felt the result would be key as the finals approached.

"Obviously we want to do a bit better than that but if we play the way we've been playing then things should fall into place.

"I think we played pretty well against them last time, we just missed a few set shots and things like that.

"If we can get hit the board we know we can match them.

"If we want to be in the top four and maintain our spot there we've got to win these games."

St Kilda will welcome back playmaker Brendon Goddard, who missed the Lions match with a virus, along with key forward Justin Koschitzke, who was also a late withdrawal with an ankle injury.

Ruck-forward Josh Fraser has been named as an emergency and will again play in Collingwood's VFL side, however Prestigiacomo predicted he would be back in the firsts before long.

"Obviously he's disappointed but he's keeping pretty upbeat and he's going back and playing well in the twos.

"It can't be too long before he's back there and getting his 200th (AFL) game."

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