IT IS not often a five-possession game inspires an AFL crowd but the return of Gary Rohan did just that in Sydney's 18.10 (118) to 8.11 (59) victory over St Kilda at the SCG yesterday.
The win secured the Swans' a top-four spot with tough games at Geelong and at home to Hawthorn to come, but the Sydney crowd saved their best cheer for Rohan's return from the broken leg he suffered thanks to Lyndsay Thomas's sliding tackle in round four last season.
Rohan was a substitute for Kurt Tippett late in the third quarter after the former Crows forward kicked another five goals to take his tally 32 in nine games for the Swans, including 17 in his past three outings.
Josh Kennedy (38 possessions, 13 clearances, seven inside 50s) starred in the midfield for the home side, with Luke Parker, Rhyce Shaw, Shane Mumford and Jarrad McVeigh all prominent as Sydney moved ahead of Fremantle on percentage into third place.
Jack Steven (two goals), David Armitage, Tom Curren and Jarryn Geary were the best for St Kilda who matched the Swans in the first half before the home side pulled clear after the main break.
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