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Shai Bolton stars in Richmond's loss to St Kilda

Jackson Clark -

Richmond star Shai Bolton has produced a starring performance in his team's narrow loss to St Kilda on Sunday.

In the absence of key forwards Tom Lynch and Noah Balta – who are both out of the team due to injury – the Whadjuk Noongar man kicked a game-high four goals, equalling his career-best effort in yellow and black colours.

The 25-year-old also gathered 19 disposals – including 10 of those contested – hauled in nine marks and had five inside-50s.

However his performance was not enough to get the Tigers over the line as they succumbed to St Kilda 9.13 (67) to 9.6 (60) at Norwood Oval in front of just under 10,000 people.

Bolton – a former All-Australian and dual premiership player – has enjoyed a strong start to his 2024 campaign, averaging just under 20 disposals, five marks, three clearances and two goals per game.

Fox Footy's Brad Johnson said that the Tigers star is 'so dynamic' up forward.

"The good part about his game today is he's been able to do it and get some open space and kick some nice goals, but he's competing in the air against the tall defenders for the Saints," Johnson said.

"He's actually the one bringing the ball to ground – in the right place at the right time, and then they're able to lock it in or create some good space around that movement.

Shai Bolton has had an excellent star to the 2024 season. (Image: Getty Images)

"He's been a super player for the Tigers."

The West Australian kicked his first major early in the opening term after an excellent finish from deep in the pocket.

He kicked another goal in the first quarter from close range after a mark inside-50, followed by a brilliant snap goal from the same pocket as his first.

Bolton's last goal came from a strong finish from outside-50 after an excellent contested mark.

Maurice Rioli backed up his strong game last weekend with another two-goal performance, Marlion Pickett and Rhyan Mansell had serviceable performances, while Daniel Rioli had 21 disposals to continue his strong start to the 2024 season.

The Saints were led by excellent games from Nasiah Wanganeen-Milera and Brad Hill, who both collected 27 disposals and led the team in metres gained.

Wanganeen-Milera is continuing his rise as one of the most highly-regarded young players in the competition, the 21-year-old averaging 26 disposals across his four games in 2024.

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