In a game that was played in driving rain and wild winds at Domain Stadium, it was always going to come down to which team used the ball better and subsequently get the game on their terms. The conditions meant that there was a crowd of just 20, 184 that braved the severe weather, with an admirable amount donned in the Yellow and Black.
The Dockers’ fans were delighted by Hayden Ballantyne’s opening goal, but the Tigers took control from then on. That wasn’t to say that Fremantle didn’t get mini bursts of momentum throughout the night, because they did. The margin would teeter on the uncomfortable before the visitors reasserted their dominance.
It was a win set up in the second term by Richmond kicking four goals to Fremantle’s one, that saw the Tigers take a 31-point buffer into the main break. The Tigers gained the upper hand with the class of Dustin Martin, Brett Deledio and Jack Riewoldt driving them forward, whilst Alex Rance was able to nullify the influence of Matthew Pavlich on the game.
The back-to-back wins have improved Richmond’s record to 3-6 and their hopes of gate-crashing the top eight are gaining momentum. They also have winnable games against Essendon, Gold Coast, Brisbane and Port Adelaide during the next five rounds, so they are potentially well placed to make a charge up the table.
Final Score: RICH 11. 17. 83 to FREO 6. 9. 45
TOP 3 TIGERS:
1. TRENT COTCHIN: The Captain was influential in his first match back since fracturing his cheekbone. He netted a career-high 39 disposals (11 of which came in the second quarter and 14 of which came in the third quarter), nine intercepts, 10 clearances, seven tackles, 20 pressure acts and seven score involvements.
2. DUSTIN MARTIN: The midfielder was instrumental in the victory, using the ball well by hand and foot and using his body effectively in the contest. He netted 30 disposals (10 in the last quarter), four marks, five clearances, five tackles, 20 pressure acts and five score involvements.
3. SHAUN GRIGG: Played exceptionally well in the trying conditions, giving his teammates first use of the ball. He netted 24 disposals, four intercepts, four marks, five clearances, eight tackles, 17 pressure acts, six score involvements and one goal.
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