Blues down experienced Saints
Midfielder Patrick Cripps caught the eye in Carlton's 22-point win over St Kilda in the JLT Community Series at Ikon Park.
Cripps booted two goals in the opening term for the Blues, suggesting he can help solve their scoring woes.
Carlton, who are 6/1 to finish in the top eight this term, were the AFL's lowest-scoring side last season and weren't helped by Cripps' campaign ending early with a broken left leg.
Paddy Dow, who was the No.3 selection in last year's AFL Draft, booted two majors and picked up 13 disposals against a near full-strength Saints side.
The Blues won their opening JLT clash 13.11 (89) to 9.13 (67) and had a good outing from ruckman Matthew Kreuzer who kicked two goals.
St Kilda saw young forward Paddy McCartin slot two goals while midfielder David Armitage made his impact felt from the first bounce, picking up 24 disposals.
But they didn't manage to click in their first pre-season game, despite naming a side missing only Jack Billings and Josh Bruce from their best team.
Saints captain Jarryn Geary copped a head knock in the second term after a heavy hit from Harry McKay and sat out the second half.
Jarrod Garlett hurt his left shoulder after laying a tackle on Jack Steven in the third term and didn't return.
Coach Alan Richardson admitted his side didn't adapt to the windy conditions as they trailed from the start, with Carlton booting the first four goals of the game.
Though they amassed 11 more inside 50 entries and eight more clearances than the Blues, Richardson says St Kilda were "pretty rusty".
He added: "We were disappointed with our ability to cope with the conditions and cope with Carlton's pressure.
Guys kept thinking they could kick the ball 50 or 60 metres against the breeze; forwards kept thinking it was going to come over the back."
St Kilda are 40/1 to win the Grand Final. The Saints are 13/8 to finish in the top eight.
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