A mixed 10 objectives from Cameron Zurhaar and Nick Larkey and a blistering first time period have propelled North Melbourne to a 39-point AFL win over St Kilda in Hobart.
The in-form Kangaroos saved contact with the highest eight with the 17.10 (112) to 11.7 (73) end result on Sunday afternoon, arrange by seven first-quarter majors.
Zurhaar slotted three of these and bagged a complete of 5 – his most spectacular coming from a good angle within the ultimate time period.
Larkey additionally completed with 5 objectives and Ben Brown three in a bodily conflict that left either side licking their wounds.
Jy Simpkin was closely concerned for the second week working and had a game-high 36 touches.
Persevering with the depth after final spherical’s thumping of Collingwood, the Kangaroos flew out of the blocks to steer 47-7 at quarter-time.
St Kilda had a second-term surge, spearheaded by Josh Bruce, who performed a lone hand with six objectives and 7 contested marks.
He slotted three within the second quarter because the Saints lowered the margin to 66-39 at halftime.
A Saints comeback seemed on the playing cards when Rowan Marshall and Jade Graham kicked consecutive objectives firstly of the third, however North steadied to put up their first win this season in Tasmania.
The Saints had an early hiccup, shedding Josh Battle to a leg harm minutes after the opening bounce.
Teammate Hunter Clark was pressured from the sector within the second time period for a concussion check after a heavy collision with Jack Ziebell.
North didn’t escape the carnage, with Mason Wooden struggling a proper quad criticism that ended his afternoon early.
Ben Cunnington is likely to be in strife with the match overview committee, after showing to strike Jade Gresham within the abdomen.
Veteran ruckman Todd Goldstein outpointed rising rookie Marshall, with 39 hitouts to 31.
The Kangaroos have received 5 of their previous six matches and sit 4 factors exterior the eight forward of an enormous conflict subsequent spherical with Essendon.