It would be a fair assessment to say that North Melbourne has had the wood over Richmond in recent years. The same could be said between the years 1997-2015 because in that timeframe, Richmond has only managed to notch up eight wins and one draw. The biggest lean period for the Club was between the years 2001-2006, but in the 2001 season, the Tigers actually managed two victories in the one season. Prior to the contentious Round 23 win last season when North Melbourne fielded a below full strength team, the Tigers hadn’t beaten the Kangaroos since 2011.
In the eight wins that Richmond has mustered, two games saw Jack Riewoldt as the leading goal kicker and another two when the leading goal kicker plaudits went to Matthew Richardson. There is also an even split between where the games have been played – four at Etihad and four at the MCG. With that in mind, below are the top five biggest winning margins that the Tigers have had over the Kangaroos. Take note of #4 and #5 on the list as they are ironically the exact same margin.
1. ROUND 6, 2001: Richmond beat North Melbourne 129-78, a 51-point margin in front of 39, 773 at Etihad Stadium. Mark Chaffey netted 32 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked four goals.
2. ROUND 23, 2015: Richmond beat North Melbourne 108-67, a 41-point margin in front of 40, 461 at Etihad Stadium. Trent Cotchin netted 30 disposals and Dustin Martin kicked three goals.
3. ROUND 5, 2009: Richmond beat North Melbourne 94-58, a 36-point margin in front of 29, 224 at Etihad Stadium. Daniel Jackson netted 33 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked three goals.
4. ROUND 11, 2006: Richmond beat North Melbourne 102-67, a 35-point margin in front of 42, 841 at the MCG. Patrick Bowden and Joel Bowden both netted 26 disposals and Kayne Pettifer kicked four goals.
5. ROUND 12, 1998: Richmond beat North Melbourne 127-92, another 35-point margin in front of 43, 497 at the MCG. Matthew Rogers netted 32 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked four goals.
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