St Kilda’s AFL finals hopes are in tatters with the Western Bulldogs and Marcus Bontempelli recapturing form to embarrass the Saints by 28 points.
The Bulldogs were never headed at Docklands Stadium on Friday night, slamming through the first seven goals to lead by 36 points at half-time.
St Kilda chipped away at a 50-point three-quarter time deficit late but the damage had already been done as the Bulldogs secured a 13.6 (84) to 7.14 (56) victory.
The Bulldogs (9-8) snapped a two-game losing run to reignite their own top-eight hopes and leapfrog St Kilda on percentage into ninth on the ladder.
In a major boost for last year’s beaten grand finalists, Bontempelli reclaimed his status as one of the AFL’s elite players after struggling with injury for much of the season.
The Bulldogs captain and fellow premiership star Tom Liberatore ran riot to set the game up in the midfield as they…