If you look at the history between Richmond and Sydney, there is no real rivalry to speak of in the way that Richmond has with fellow Victorian clubs. It is nothing like the rivalry seemingly building between Adelaide and the Western Bulldogs. Yet, there is some interesting statistics between the Tigers and Swans that is worth noting as the two teams prepare to play each other this Saturday night.
The years 1997-2015 is only 18 years, but Saturday night will make it 19. Between those years however, Richmond have managed to beat Sydney 11 times. There was something of a lean period between 2005 and 2010 though. Across the 11 wins the Tigers have notched up, Richmond has had five wins at the MCG, three wins at the SCG, one win at ANZ Stadium and two wins at Etihad Stadium. Furthermore, four of those 11 games saw Jack Riewoldt as the leading goal kicker and three others when Matthew Richardson was the leading goal kicker.
With all of those statistics in mind, here is a look at the top five biggest winning margins that Richmond has amassed over Sydney:
1. ROUND 21, 2011: Richmond beat Sydney 99-56, a 43-point margin in front of 34, 337 at the MCG. Bachar Houli netted 32 disposals and Robin Nahas kicked three goals.
2. ROUND 7, 2012: Richmond beat Sydney 91-62, a 29-point margin in front of 40, 352 at the MCG. Trent Cotchin and Alex Rance netted 27 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked four goals.
3. ROUND 12, 2001: Richmond beat Sydney 86-60, a 26-point margin in front of 37, 196 at Etihad Stadium. Joel Bowden netted 31 disposals and Brad Ottens kicked three goals.
4. ROUND 13, 2015: Richmond beat Sydney 95-77, an 18-point margin in front of 37, 579 at the SCG. Anthony Miles netted 29 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals.
5. ROUND 7, 2004: Richmond beat Sydney 67-54, a 13-point margin in front of 23, 014 at the SCG. Nathan Brown netted 28 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked seven goals.
What do you think will happen this Saturday night?