Sturt’s sudden resurgence has the rest of the SANFL looking over its shoulder after the Double Blues toppled Port Adelaide by 32 points on Sunday.
After starting the season with an 0-4 win-loss record, the Double Blues have now won six matches in succession to find themselves sitting fourth on the premiership table.
Speaking on SANFL Radio, star forward Mark Evans said the form reversal was due to a combination of factors including personnel and improved ball movement.
There was no better example of the Blues’ direct play than running the ball the length of the ground for a coast-to-coast goal 10 minutes into the third term.
Using the corridor to perfection, Sturt carved the Magpies up by keeping the ball on the move and not allowing the opposition to get numbers back into defence.
The addition of recruits Sam Colquhoun, Jake Sutcliffe and Byron Sumner has also made a difference for the Double Blues this year with all three now starting to gel nicely with their team-mates.
Big-bodied Pat Wilson has also acted like a virtual recruit after returning from a shoulder reconstruction while key players such as Aidan Riley, James Battersby and Tom Harms have now well and truly recovered from injury to make an impact.
Sturt, which now boasts a 6-4 win-loss record, will now take a well-earned rest before clashing with Adelaide at Peter Motley Oval on Saturday July 1.