After the elation of Robbie Gray’s heroics last week, Power fans were quickly brought back down to earth on Saturday night. Port struggled to play its brand of footy over a consistent period, and St Kilda recorded a well- deserved win, spoiling the Power’s return to Adelaide Oval. Darcy Byrne-Jones was the Power’s best, displaying dash off of half back, quality ball use and elite contest work that would have him close to All-Australian selection if it was being picked today. Unfortunately for Ken Hinkley and Power supporters, there weren’t many other shining lights.
The Saints were incredibly accurate in front of goal, kicking 12 goals and one behind, including five goals straight to two points in the final term when the game was on the line. While some may see it as unlucky for the Power, the reality is the Saints were able to generate quality scoring opportunities from their inside 50’s and were also able to finish their work. Hinkley’s team still sit almost 20% clear on top of the table so it’s not time to panic, but there are some concerning areas that need to be addressed if Port are going to contend for a top four spot. After four rounds, not only were Port dominant on the scoreboard but also in the statistics. Port’s midfield was beating up teams, possessing the ball, using it well, and creating quality scoring chances. This has all dried up now, with the optics looking very different in recent matches.
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