A big statement was needed from the Saints when they faced the Bombers in Round 12 at the Gabba. After a strong start to the season, a disappointing loss against Geelong had raised a number of questions about the team’s finals chances in 2020.
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Things couldn’t have started any better to that end with Max King kicking the opening goal in the opening minute of the match. He would add a second at the midway point of the quarter and could have had four at the first break if not for a missed shot and a brain fade after taking a mark at the top of the goal square. Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti would get one back for the Bombers before Tim Membrey and Nick Hind would finish off a dominant quarter for the Saints with set shot majors.
The margin blew out to a game high 41-points in the second quarter after goals to Josh Battle, Tim Membrey and Dan Butler. Battle’s coming after an intercept mark inside 50, Membrey’s after he was impeded from entering a marking contest and Butler’s a typical running effort at the end of a sweeping Saints movement from defensive 50. The margin would be reduced to 35-points at the long break after Josh Begley kicked the Bombers third goal of the match.
Adam Saad and Jacob Townsend briefly made things interesting with the opening goals of the third quarter. Paddy Ryder and Jack Lonie, after strong forward pressure from Dan Bulter and Max King respectively, answered to settle any fears that there could be a repeat of the North Melbourne and Fremantle defeats.
The final quarter would be one goal a piece and would see the final margin match the difference between the two sides at half time. Max King would put a full stop on the match, and a performance that would see him rewarded with the round’s Rising Star Nomination, with the final goal to finish with three for the day.