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Sunday, 21 July 2019

Saints star vouches for Ratten after debut win


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St Kilda star Jack Billings has given caretaker coach Brett Ratten a vote of confidence after the Saints became the latest side to fire immediately after a coaching change.

In Ratten's first match at the helm, the Saints came out of the blocks on fire with a 35-point first-quarter lead, before holding off the Bulldogs 17. 14. (116) to 14. 5. (89) in a high-octane encounter at Marvel Stadium.

Billings was among many revitalised Saints with 27 disposals and two goals and said he would like to see Ratten retained in 2020 after the win.

"If we keep winning like this, it'll be great," he told Fox Footy.

Jack Billings

"He's pretty relaxed. Obviously you can't really change too much (in a week), but he really backed us in today and it was great."

The talented 23-year-old is one of several Saints who's only coach was the dismissed Alan Richardson, and he admitted that it was "strange" playing for a new leader.

"It was really difficult," he said.

"A lot of us have had him as our coach for the whole time, so it's all a bit strange.

"At the end of the day, we're the ones who go out there, so we need to be better and that's what we've got to look to do moving forward."

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St Kilda star Jack Billings has given caretaker coach Brett Ratten a vote of confidence after the Saints became the latest side to fire immediately after a coaching change.

In Ratten's first match at the helm, the Saints came out of the blocks on fire with a 35-point first-quarter lead, before holding off the Bulldogs 17. 14. (116) to 14. 5. (89) in a high-octane encounter at Marvel Stadium.

Billings was among many revitalised Saints with 27 disposals and two goals and said he would like to see Ratten retained in 2020 after the win.

"If we keep winning like this, it'll be great," he told Fox Footy.

Jack Billings

"He's pretty relaxed. Obviously you can't really change too much (in a week), but he really backed us in today and it was great."

The talented 23-year-old is one of several Saints who's only coach was the dismissed Alan Richardson, and he admitted that it was "strange" playing for a new leader.

"It was really difficult," he said.

"A lot of us have had him as our coach for the whole time, so it's all a bit strange.

"At the end of the day, we're the ones who go out there, so we need to be better and that's what we've got to look to do moving forward."

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