STAR forwards Cyril Rioli and Lance Franklin combined for 11 goals as Hawthorn scored a vital 35-point win over St Kilda at the MCG.
The Hawks stormed home in the last term on Saturday night with five goals to one and won 18.15 (123) to 13.10 (88).
Franklin kicked 5.6 and Rioli, who is mourning the death of his uncle Sebastian, lit up the game in the first half and finished with a game-high six goals.
Rioli said his family tragedy gave him added motivation.
"It was shattering, I found out the news on Thursday and took the day off," he said.
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