Just a fortnight after being destroyed by Essendon, it was Richmond who put the sword to a listless St Kilda side at Marvel.

Brisbane Lions icon Jonathan Brown has unloaded on St Kilda after what he described as an “embarrassing” showing against Richmond.

After a stirring comeback win over West Coast last week, St Kilda were blown off the park by the reigning premiers, who slammed on 12 goals to three in the second half to run out 20. 14. (134) to 7. 6. (48) winners at Marvel Stadium.

Following the 86-point loss, St Kilda’s second heavy defeat in three weeks, Brown put the acid on the Saints players, saying they needed to look themselves in the mirror.

“That was really disappointing,” Brown told Fox Footy.

“It was embarrassing watching that second half. Credit to Richmond, they were fantastic, but that was a terrible, insipid display by the St Kilda Football Club.

“Jack Steele can probably hold his head high, but a few guys are going to have to have a good, hard look in the mirror tonight.

Jack Billings, St Kilda Saints

“That is as embarrassing as you’ll get as an AFL footballer. They’ve got to start having a hard look at themselves.

“We’re not throwing these words around lightly. We don’t want to sit here and fire bullets at teams, we want to cheer for the game and hopefully they’re good games.”

St Kilda’s second-half showing was so disappointing that coach Brett Ratten told Seven that his side needed to “toughen up” at the three-quarter-time break. Brown said Ratten’s comments were an indictment on the team.

“The coach said they need to toughen up in there, very rarely you hear coaches say that, so imagine what he’s saying behind closed doors,” he said.

The three-time premiership winner questioned whether St Kilda’s list had gotten ahead of themselves after winning a final last season, following the 2-3 start to 2021.

“Those words we used, you wouldn’t have even attached to St Kilda last year, they would’ve been the last words you’d use,” he said.

Brett Ratten

“You looked at St Kilda and they were competitive, honest, they turned up every week. They’d fight and compete and they’d push the best teams right to the limit.

“What’s happened this year? Have they drank the Kool-Aid a little bit in the off-season? Have they gotten a little ahead of themselves? All of a sudden now, they’ve been sat on their backside and they’re playing some ordinary footy.”

Kangaroos great David King also took aim at the Saints, suggesting that they played a “fraudulent” style of football.

“I look at St Kilda’s list profile and this is a team that is set up to win a premiership in the next two to three years,” he said.

“It’s really on this group to gather themselves, get a brand of football that is an honest, finals-like brand of football, not the fraudulent model that we see every second week at the moment.”

Jack Riewoldt

Incredibly, St Kilda led by a point at the first change, before things went haywire between the second and third quarters.

At one stretch which spanned the second and third quarters, Richmond won 21 out of 22 clearances as the likes of Dustin Martin (34 disposals), Shane Edwards (29) and Shai Bolton (29) ran riot in the middle.

Spearhead Jack Riewoldt continued his terrific 2021 season, with his five-goal haul taking his season tally to 17 majors in the first five rounds. Tom Lynch enjoyed his strongest match of the season with three goals, while Jack Graham also kicked three goals.

St Kilda’s efforts were once again led by their captain Jack Steele, who finished with 26 disposals, while Hunter Clark added a team-high 33 disposals.

The Saints’ task gets no easier in Round Six, with a trip to Adelaide to face Port Adelaide on deck. Richmond will hope to continue its strong form when it faces the high-flying Demons at the MCG.

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