Richmond will be looking to secure back-to-back wins as they travel to Perth to take on the winless Fremantle this Saturday night. The Dockers have been part of the AFL system since 1995, with 2016 therefore being their 21st year. Throughout the period between 1996 and 2015, the Tigers have managed to beat the Dockers 15 times with rather disparate margins – some are as close as a point and others are in the shadows of triple figures.
Within those 15 wins, the Tigers have dominated at the MCG with seven wins and another five have been in Perth at Domain Stadium. Other singular wins have taken place at Etihad Stadium, the WACA and Princes Park. On the statistical side of things – two of those 15 wins has seen Jack Riewoldt as the leading goal kicker outright and one more whereby he was the equal leading goal kicker; five of the wins also saw Matthew Richardson at the leading goal kicker outright and one more whereby he was the equal leading goal kicker. Two of the wins also saw Shane Tuck netting the most disposals and another six wins whereby Wayne Campbell netted the most disposals.
Taken together, here is a look at the top five biggest winning margins between Fremantle and Richmond. Take note of the margins in #4 and #5 on the list...ironically the exact same margin!
1. ROUND 14, 1998: Richmond beat Fremantle 145-55, a 90-point margin in front of 25, 723 at the MCG. Wayne Campbell netted 32 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked seven goals.
2. ROUND 4, 2008: Richmond beat Fremantle 137-73, a 64-point margin in front of 37, 541 at Domain Stadium. Kane Johnson netted 36 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked four goals.
3. ROUND 7, 2011: Richmond beat Fremantle 148-99, a 49-point margin in front of 34, 090 at the MCG. Robin Nahas netted 30 disposals and both Robin Nahas and Trent Cotchin kicked four goals.
4. ROUND 4, 2005: Richmond beat Fremantle 100-52, a 48-point margin in front of 24, 242 at the MCG. Nathan Brown netted 34 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked six goals.
5. ROUND 3, 2003: Richmond beat Fremantle 94-46, another 48-point margin in front of 19, 677 at the MCG. Joel Bowden netted 33 disposals and David Rodan kicked three goals.
What do you think will happen this Saturday night?