The potential offensive impact of the AFL's contentious new 'stand' rule was laid bare as St Kilda and Carlton produced a fast-paced shootout in the opening match of the AFL pre-season series.
The teams combined for 13 goals in a blistering first quarter under the roof at Marvel Stadium on Thursday night as the ball often pinged from end to end at rapid speed.
Only fatigue appeared to slow players down late in the contest as the Saints prevailed, with Jack Lonie, Max King and Tim Membrey combining for 10 goals in their 19.11 (125) to 15.9 (99) win.
The 'stand' rule - which prohibits the player on the mark from moving in any direction - has been a point of contention for players, coaches and fans over the off-season.
It was under the microscope early when Saints forward Shaun McKernan was penalised for a blatant indiscretion.
But there were few major glitches or hold-ups in play as a result of the new rule, which is designed to promote faster ball movement and, ultimately, higher-scoring matches.
"It showed that the game is quicker with the man on the mark rule," St Kilda coach Brett Ratten said.
"Teams are looking for it and the flow in the game and the (interchange) rotations are limited.
"It's going to be interesting how much scoring goes through the roof, or strategies that teams come up with, because it's going to challenge the players."
St Kilda's win was soured by the sight of former Hawthorn premiership defender James Frawley limping off with a hamstring injury before quarter-time.
Carlton also have concerns ahead of round one, with Jack Newnes and Harry McKay each hurting an ankle, and defender Jacob Weitering suffering a corked hip.
Boom recruit Zac Williams played well through the midfield and forward line, kicking two goals, but is sure to be looked at by the match review officer for a high hit on Hunter Clark.
"Everyone's talking about it, so there must be something to worry about," Blues coach David Teague said.
"I briefly looked at it on the phone and to be honest the view wasn't great, so I'm not exactly sure.
"I've loved having him at our footy club and really hope he's available (for round one)."
Former Richmond livewire Jack Higgins was dangerous for the Saints and Brad Hill produced a typically hard-running display as Lonie (four majors), King and Membrey (three each) were among those who cashed in around goal.
Adam Saad gave glimpses of why Carlton pushed so hard to recruit him, kicking a running goal from 50m during the third quarter, while emerging stars Sam Walsh and Zac Fisher were busy throughout the night.
Former Melbourne forward Oscar McDonald kicked two goals and had a hand in others while playing in attack on trial for Carlton as he continues to press his case for an AFL lifeline.
Jack Silvagni kicked three goals in a clean display for the Blues.
Australian Associated Press