The decision to rest a fatigued Brad St John has paid dividends as Wodonga Raiders scored a 26-point win over a gritty North Albury.
The 21-year-old speedster was best on ground as he continued his recent resurgence in the 16.12 (108) to 12.10 (82) win.
St John had been one of the league’s in-form players through the first five rounds but after his interleague appearance he struggled for three matches.
“Yeah, I had a couple of quiet weeks and ‘Cressa’ (coach Daryn Cresswell) came up to me after the ‘Yarra’ game and said, ‘I want you to have a break during the week and freshen up a bit,” St John said.
“I think we both agreed that I was feeling it and I’m feeling a lot better than I was previously.”
It was a masterstroke by the coach because if Raiders are going to contest a third straight finals campaign, they’ll need the pacy wingman at his best.
The win pushed Raiders back into the top five.