The one play that sums up Saints' sins

St Kilda are in freefall after another sorry loss on the weekend. Pic: Getty

St Kilda are in freefall and their demise can be summed up perfectly in this horror defensive play against Melbourne on Sunday.

Late in the second term at Etihad yesterday Dee’s Tom McDonald took an uncontested mark on the goal line.

How that happens in the first place is remarkable enough and there were a number of Saints players all pointing the finger at each other, refusing to accept the blame.

However it got worse. No one stood on the mark where McDonald was, either believing he had crossed the line already, or just through laziness.

So the Dee summed it up, chipped easily to Nathan Jones, who was also unmarked walking in 30 yards from goal in front.

He converted truly and Saints fans, players and coaches all hung their heads.

There was no competition there from St Kilda,” Tim Watson said on Channel 7.

“That’s unbelievable, unforgivable that you wouldn’t be contesting that ball at that part of the ground.”

Frustrated St Kilda coach Alan Richardson concedes the Saints are in a hole after Melbourne consigned them to their fifth loss of the season.

Richardson’s side are 16th with one win, five losses and a draw after round seven AFL action that ended with Richmond sitting in top spot for the third round running.

The Saints trailed by just 16 points early in the third quarter, but were left to rue yet another wayward effort in front of goal in the 16.10 (106) to 9.13 (67) defeat at Etihad Stadium on Sunday.

“I get incredibly frustrated for us … I get frustrated for the players,” Richardson said.

“You’re just not going to beat good teams … unless you can take advantage of your opportunities.

“It’s pretty clear we’re in a hole – a win-loss hole, a ‘making the most of our opportunities’ hole.

“Our overall footy is in a hole … I’m really looking forward to seeing who stands up.”

– With AAP