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St Kilda coach Brett Ratten laments missed opportunities as Saints fall to Richmond in semi final

St Kilda coach Brett Ratten has refused to be drawn on a controversial touched call that robbed the Saints any momentum heading into half time in the 31-point loss to Richmond.

Jack Sinclair looked to have kicked a remarkable goal to draw the Saints within 26 points at the main break but the goal umpire determined the ball to be touched by Tiger Nick Vlastuin.

The review system was called upon and replays seemingly showed Vlastuin had a fresh air swing.

But the review system determined there was not enough conclusive evidence to overturn the decision so it went back as umpire’s call, and the behind stood.

When quizzed about the call post-match, Ratten had little to say.

“Does it matter?” he said.

“Can they replay it and go out there and finish off the game? They’re not doing that.

“They are not changing the decision.

VideoShane Savage has kicked the Saints first.

“We couldn’t kick ‘em from the goal square let alone get a little assistance from the software.

“We only have ourselves to blame.”

The Saints could only manage two goals to quarter time — a Shane Savage monster from outside 50 and a controversial on-the-siren goal to Dan Butler.

Just one more goal sailed through in the second half for the Saints, while Richmond kicked an accurate 9.1.

The Saints finished the match with 6.13 as Ratten lamented his side’s missed opportunities.

He reflected on the Saints season and had nothing but praise for those who kept the AFL season going.

“By the time we leave in three days, we will be close to 100 days here in a hub,” he said.

“I had pretty much all my family, bar my son who is a plumber come up. I haven’t seen him for 100 days… a lot of people have sacrificed a lot this year.

“It’s been a year that you’ll maybe never see again.

“My message was we are going to lose good people here who don’t deserve to lose their job… it puts it all in prospective. We’re going to have to roll our sleeves up and go again.”

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