Brett Ratten stated the trickle-down impact of getting Paddy Ryder again within the Saints’ aspect enabled their midfield to seek out kind once more.
Ryder performed his first sport for 2021 and gave his midfield an armchair trip on the way in which to a 69-point win.
“He’s a very good player, Paddy,” Ratten stated. “I think what he did towards the back end of last year showed everybody what he’s capable of.
“Even though he might be getting a little older, I think he might be getting a little wiser too.
“I’m really pleased for Paddy because of his journey so far this year. He struggled with some things personally and needed to get back.
“He knows how important he is for our footy club and our team.”
Ratten stopped wanting saying Ryder was the Saints’ most necessary participant however stated the knock-on impact had allowed the Saint to take management of the sport.
He stated there’ll be a dialogue round resting the 33-year-old because the season progresses, however at this stage, due to the Saints’ fixture, he might play back-to-back.
Brad Hill has been essentially the most maligned Saint this season, however Ratten stated a lot of it had been unfair and the 27-year-old’s defensive acts within the win had proven his dedication to the trigger.
“I thought he was very good, I thought some of his defensive acts were outstanding,” Ratten stated.
“That smother early in the game, really that was a sign of how invested he is.
“He’s copped some criticism and I think sometimes unfairly, and he’s been working extremely hard.
“For him to bounce back tonight was great.”
Hunter Clark performed on all three traces at totally different instances, kicking two objectives to go together with clearances and rebound 50s, and Ratten stated it’s one thing followers would possibly see extra of.
“We know what Hunter can do, today was probably a bit different with where he played,” he stated.
“But he showed his class and poise, and he seems to have more time than others.
“But he’s still growing aspects to his game, we all know what he can do and potentially the sky’s the limit for him.
“I think he can nearly play anywhere and that might be what we need from him at times to allow others to go and showcase what they can do.”