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In case you missed it: Freo v Saints

atch the highlights from Saturday's win over St Kilda at Optus Stadium. Watch the highlights from Saturday's win over St Kilda at Optus Stadium

Read about some of the key stats and stories from Freo’s 30-point victory against St Kilda at Optus Stadium on Saturday.

Red-hot Fyfe
Nat Fyfe has continued his excellent start to the season with another potential best-on-ground performance.
Fyfe had 36 touches, 25 contested possessions and 13 clearances as he led Fremantle’s midfield to a domination of the stoppages and contested ball against the Saints.
Almost all of Fyfe’s numbers in 2018 are up on his 2015 Brownlow-medal winning season, averaging more possessions (31.6 vs 28.8), contested possessions (19 vs 17.8), clearances (8.9 vs 8.6) and inside 50s (4.6 vs 4.3) per game.
The ‘Brownlow predictor’ ranked Fyfe as the best on ground for the fifth time from eight games this season, also predicting 3-vote performances for Fyfe in round two against Essendon, round three against Gold Coast, round five against Western Bulldogs and round seven against Richmond.

Emerging Ed
Ed Langdon has taken his game to another level in 2018 with the running midfielder a crucial performer on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old put up career best numbers in disposals (33), marks (9) and tackles (5) while fellow 2014 draftee Connor Blakely continued to impress with a career-high 35 disposals.
“He’s having a fantastic year,” Blakely told Docker TV following the game.
“I always thought that Ed was a really good player. The way he’s bringing his game together is pleasing. He deserves everything he’s getting at the moment.” 

End-to-end in 13 seconds
You’d be hard-pressed to find a quicker end-to-end goal than the one orchestrated by Luke Ryan during the second term.
Ryan caught the Saints napping following a score review to blast his kick-in 80 metres up the ground to Fyfe. The Fremantle captain brought the ball the ground and handed to David Mundy. Mundy kicked into space for Brandon Matera to gather and goal.
From start to finish, it was all over in 13 seconds.


Lessons from a term to forget
Aside from the third quarter, Fremantle outscored St Kilda 73-21. So what went wrong in the third term, where the Saints outscored Freo by 22 points?
Fremantle boasts the third-best disposal efficiency in the league this season, running at 73.9 per cent.
In the third quarter against St Kilda, this efficiency dropped to 59.7 per cent.
This led to 21 turnovers for the term and St Kilda kicking 4.1 (25) from these turnovers.
The Saints’ 25 points was the second-most scored from turnovers in a single term in round eight.
The highest came from Fremantle, who pounced on St Kilda’s mistakes in the fourth quarter with 4.2 (26) scored from 18 turnovers.

Crucial Cerra
The impact of St Kilda’s onslaught on Freo during third term was limited thanks to the heroics of first-year player Adam Cerra.
St Kilda’s six goals in the third term was split by one Freo goal, where Cerra’s classy left-foot snap steadied the Freo ship.
With Fremantle’s lead down to 14-points at the final break, the first goal of the fourth term would be crucial for either team. Enter Cerra again, who won a free kick and slotted the set shot from the angle just inside 50 metres.

Team steps up
Without injured forwards Michael Walters and Matt Taberner, it was a full team effort that saw Freo kick a winning score of 13.11 (89).
Fremantle had 11 individual goalkickers on the night with Cerra and Matera delivering as Freo’s multiple goalkickers.


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