Updates, highlights, news from Round 6, 2018

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Western Derby highlights Sunday's AFL action, as Fremantle plays West Coast for local bragging rights.

Apart from an open round loss to Sydney, the ears can not do anything wrong in 2018 and enter today's match on the back of four even victories. Inconsistency has hurt the 11th place Dockers so far, but they can hope to jump into the top eight with a win.

Collingwood has found its mojo with three consecutive victories, but faces its toughest annual test against reigning premier Richmond at MCG.

Lower the table Melbourne facing Essendon. Dees (14th) has been a big disappointment this year, floundering well during pre season predictions that made them make the finals and possibly even the best four.

Brendon Goddard was in the spotlight to give his Bombers teammates a spray during their Anzac Day loss to the tarts and they will be desperate to regain after the 49-point hammer.

AFL's 21-year-old low

St Kilda star Tim Membrey put the goalkicking on the radar in the embarrassing fashion round when he came up with a horror mare just in front of the rods under the Saints' loss of hawthorn on Saturday night.

According to sportscancer Darren Parkin, the conversion rate for kicking goals in AFL is this season at a 21-year low.

Read: Membrey's Fear Miss

Tigers are "scary", Zorko in a decline

Hawthorn legend Shane Crawford says it's "scary" to see how well Richmond plays in 2018 and believe that the tigers have found another gear after winning last year's grand final.

The defending premiere can jump GWS back to top spot with a victory over Collingwood today and will be full of confidence after the pleasant victories over Melbourne and Brisbane in recent weeks.

"The tigers are the best side around at the moment, (they put on) tremendous pressure," Crawford said on Channel 9s Sports Sunday .

"They seem to have gone to the next level since last year … it's quite scary to see." [19659002] Otherwise, Brisbane star Dayne Zorko has been hit because he has not lived up to its high standards. Lions best player, along with Dayne Beams, has plotted some blurring figures in 2018 compared to last year, as you can see in the chart below.

Port Adelaide's great Kane Cornes said that these statistics simply do not cut it.

"Does he work hard enough? What was his preparation like in the pre-season and why is a player so talented to return these numbers?" Cornes told afl.com.au s The Round So Far . [19659002] "It's not good enough."

Coach Issues Saint's Engagement

St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has questioned his commitment to one quarter in the final run against Hawthorn, who has the Saints near the foot of the AFL ladder with only one victory after six rounds.

The Saints were left to miss shots and revenues in their 13.11 (89) to 7.12 (54) loss for a fast finish Hawthorn in Launceston.

St Kilda dragged only 11 points on the way to the last term, but was blown away by the hackers, who kicked four straight to open the quarter.

"When it was at stake, we were not nearly so under pressure or obliged to support each other in the competition as the Hawthorn side was," said Richardson.

"It's the part that's hard to swallow."

"It's very hard to look back on positive things when you get as bad as we did in the last quarter."

St Kilda had 42 entries in the forward 50 for a match for only seven majors. Their first did not come to the seventh minute in the second quarter. The Saints drew 21 points in the quarter but worked gradually back in the match.

Richardson said that while he was satisfied with their ability to hang in, there was little consolation.

"I've seen this group perform much better, so we just have to continue working on it," he said. "We want to do more of our opportunities.

"The Hawthorn side went to another level and we just could not match it." Some of our records at times … you will not be forward in front of the ball. "

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