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Hawthorn survives a Saint scare to slip back into the top four

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FULL TIME

Hawthorn is back in the Top 4 with a nail-biting win over St Kilda.

The Saints outplayed the Hawks in the final term, but the Hawk defence withstood the barrage.

Hawthorn could not manage a goal in the final quarter but managed to hold St Kilda to just one of their own.

The Hawks are now fourth on the ladder, behind Collingwood by just 0.2%.

Gun midfielder Jaeger O’Meara had a great night, racking up 27 touches and laying four tackles.

O’Meara told 3AW being able to play regular footy has been beneficial for him.

“I’m actually feeling really good, probably better than what I was feeling at the start of the year,” he said.

“I’m more used to the rigours of AFL footy again and I’m recovering really well.”

Click PLAY to hear from O’Meara in the rooms

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HALF TIME 

Hawthorn leads by five points at half time.

The Saints have taken it to the top four contenders, leading for large parts of the second quarter.

But the Hawks had all the answers, with Ben McEvoy and Jack Gunston restoring their lead.

3AW boundary rider Tom Morris will have access to St Kilda’s room during the half time break.

Tom said he was impressed by their mentality during the break.

“They were calm and composed early, focused and driven late,” he said.

Tom said youngster Hugh Goddard was particularly vocal in just his first game for the year.

Click PLAY to hear from Tom in the rooms

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LATE CHANGE

The Saints have made a big late change tonight.

Key defender Jake Carlisle will miss the clash due to personal reasons. Sam Gilbert has come into the 22.

The Hawks are unchanged.

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THE BUILD-UP

The Hawks are out to consolidate their spot in the four.

But St Kilda have a point of their own to prove as their off-field crisis deepens.

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