KEGLOR SHOCK MOVE TO RUCK PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR ST. PETE

KEGLOR SHOCK MOVE TO RUCK PAYS DIVIDENDS FOR ST. PETE

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Jake Keglor made an unexpected move to ruck in the second half of Saturday’s MLF Championship Final, helping fuel a 42-point third quarter for the Swans. PHOTO: KATE MATSON

Trailing by 24 at the big break in Saturday’s Major League Footy Championship Final, Swans Assistant Coach Matt Elliott made the call to move fiery forward Jake Keglor to ruck, in part due to injury to Queensland gun Ben McIntosh.

With Keglor booting four goals in the first half, but with the Bloods down by an equal tally, the move was a surprising turn of events.

And, perhaps a risky strategy, given the game situation.

Instead, the tactic stabilized the Swans’ attack that saw the side win the frame 42-15 to take control of the contest.

Winning the tap and distributing effectively, Keglor solidified the middle in McIntosh’s absence.

Although St. Petersburg would ultimately fall short, dropping the match 120-114 in the wake of a shock last-minute scoring run by FC, the strategy of deploying Keglor as an option in ruck seems to have possibilities going forward, as the club contemplates moves ahead of the Winter Season launch in October.

Long one of the side’s leading scorers up front, and also flexible as an option at full back, Keglor’s game continues to evolve as he enters his fourth season.

The St. Petersburg Swans will meet Starfish FC in a rematch to open the 2018-19 Major League Footy Premiership Season, as the circuit pivots to an October-March schedule.

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