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In The Mix: Round 19

Josh Gabelich  July 26, 2017 1:51 PM

Has Mav Weller done enough at VFL level to be brought back for the trip to South Australia?

Has Mav Weller done enough at VFL level to be brought back for the trip to South Australia?

A week after St Kilda swung the axe for the trip to the SCG, the Saints will be forced to make at least one or two changes, and perhaps even more, as they look to reignite their season in Adelaide this weekend.

Veteran star Leigh Montagna is set to miss at least the next three or four weeks after he strained his hamstring in the third quarter of Saturday night’s 42-point loss to Sydney.

Saints Coach Alan Richardson also indicated that champion forward Nick Riewoldt could be rested for the trip against Port Adelaide in attempt to freshen the 34-year-old up at the tail end of his 17th season.

After being named as an emergency last weekend, second-year half-back Brandon White could be in the mix to replace Montagna.

The 20-year-old made his debut in the final round of last season, but hasn’t been seen since at AFL level due to the Saints high level of depth across half-back.

But after collecting 23 disposals to be named amongst the Zebras’ best players in their win over Geelong on Saturday, the time might be right for the penetrating left-footer to return.

At the other end of the ground, mobile forward Tim Membrey has served his two-week suspension and looms as a likely replacement for Riewoldt if he doesn’t face the Power.

Leader Mav Weller is another option in the forward half after he put his hand up for a senior recall down at Simonds Stadium on the weekend.

The 25-year-old gathered 28 disposals, five tackles and kicked two goals in Sandringham’s 27-point win.

After making his debut against the Bombers a fortnight ago, Josh Battle pushed his case for another opportunity at senior level by booting four goals from 18 touches and four marks against the Cats.

Ruckman Tom Hickey also responded to his omission with a telling performance for the Zebras. The former Gold Coast Sun amassed 37 hitouts, 29 disposals and seven marks.