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Saints go to top of AFL ladder

By John Salvado 04/04/2004 09:45:46 PM Comments (0)

St Kilda has passed a stern physical test from long-time tormentor Essendon to go top of the AFL ladder for the first time in six years.

Essendon kingpins James Hird and Matthew Lloyd are likely to come under scrutiny in the video review for separate incidents in the fiery clash which the Saints won 13.16 (94) to 8.12 (60).

The Bombers had won 31 of the 36 previous clashes between the two sides.

The Saints last topped the ladder after round 14, 1998.

They join the Kangaroos, Port Adelaide and Brisbane as the only undefeated teams after two rounds.

At the other end of the table, the luckless Western Bulldogs, Adelaide, Geelong and Essendon are yet to taste success in 2004.

The Kangaroos have made an artform out of exceeding expectations and they look set to do it again this year after downing Hawthorn 15.13 (103) to 11.8 (74).

Port Adelaide and Brisbane both secured impressive interstate victories this weekend.

The Power continued their impressive record at Subiaco - a graveyard for so many other visitors - with an 18.10 (118) to 17.13 (115) victory over West Coast.

Acting skipper Warren Tredrea was the star with five goals as the Power defied a rising injury toll.

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