Jobe Watson of the Bombers is tackled by Nick Dal Santo of the Saints during the round 15 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium
Jobe Watson of the Bombers is tackled by Nick Dal Santo of the Saints during the round 15 AFL match between the St Kilda Saints and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium Quinn Rooney - Getty Images

Saints march all over Bombers

ST KILDA small forward Stephen Milne kicked five goals in his 250th AFL game as the Saints moved into the top eight with an outstanding 71-point win over Essendon on Saturday night.

St Kilda's 21.7 (133) to 8.14 (62) victory at Docklands was a triple blow for the Bombers, who suffered just their fourth loss from 14 games but were also forced to substitute key forward Michael Hurley out of the game in the third term with a hamstring problem.

Essendon also dropped out of the top four as a result of its loss.

Milne was chaired off the field as the Saints celebrated their first win in their past five matches against the Bombers.

Saints forward Adam Schneider told Grandstand that inspirational midfielder Lenny Hayes had called upon his team-mates to put in a special effort for the milestone man.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.



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