The next 10 minutes belonged to King, as he climbed all over All-Australian defender Harris Andrews and kicked three goals to see the Saints to a 10-point lead at half-time. And in the middle, St Kilda were towelling the Lions, Dunstan with 19 possessions to half-time and getting under the skin of his opponents.
Lions coach Chris Fagan looked furious at the main break, and the Lions came out looking reinvigorated, with Zac Bailey swooping for his first goal and heavily involved in the next to Joe Daniher, as they briefly snatched back the lead. There were three more lead changes for the quarter, but it was the Saints who finished looking full of running.
Any question of whether they could hold on was answered by Steele, who made the margin three goals with a set shot. After that, the Saints queued up, kicking five goals to one for the last quarter over an outfit that looked tired and dispirited. Perhaps the Lions were due a loss, but this one will hurt far more than most.
Brisbane Lions Neale, Rich, Zorko, McCluggage, McInerney
St Kilda Dunstan, Steele, Membrey, Jones, Highmore, King
Brisbane Lions Hipwood (knee), Starcevich (concussion)
St Kilda Nil
L Dunstan (St K) 8
J Steele (St K) 8
T Membrey (St K) 7
Z Jones (St K) 7
T Highmore (St K) 7
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