Richmond will play Gold Coast at the MCG this Sunday afternoon, for only the second time in six years. The Suns are seemingly becoming a bogey side for the Tigers, in much the same way the Kangaroos clearly are.
The AFL has permitted the Suns to play for premiership points since the 2011 season, despite the Club being founded two years prior to this. This means that they have been part of the competition for the past five years. So far as this season, both teams have been struggling in some key areas. However, a comparison between the two shows very little discrepancy. Richmond averages 62.9 tackles per game whilst Gold Coast averages 74.4, the Tigers average 13.0 for marks inside 50 per game whilst the Suns average 11.6 and Richmond averages 37.8 clearances per game whilst Gold Coast averages 33.6.
As the two teams have only played five times thus far, a top five biggest winning margins isn’t feasible. Therefore, below is the brief history between the two Clubs, with Gold Coast leading the head-to-head 3-2.
1. ROUND 17, 2011: Gold Coast beat Richmond 85-70, a 15-point margin in front of 10, 832 at Cazaly’s Stadium. Shaun Grigg netted 32 disposals and Trent Cotchin kicked three goals.
2. ROUND 16, 2012: Gold Coast beat Richmond 88-90, a two-point margin in front of 10, 961 at Cazaly’s Stadium. Trent Cotchin netted 38 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked five goals.
3. ROUND 16, 2013: Richmond beat Gold Coast 53-44, a nine-point margin in front of 11, 197 at Cazaly’s Stadium. Dustin Martin netted 31 disposals and Daniel Jackson kicked two goals.
4. ROUND 1, 2014: Gold Coast beat Richmond 87-69, an 18-point margin in front of 19, 425 at Metricon Stadium. Trent Cotchin netted 38 disposals and Ty Vickery kicked two goals.
5. ROUND 20, 2015: Richmond beat Gold Coast 127-92, an 83-point margin in front of 38, 508 at the MCG. Bachar Houli, Dustin Martin and Brandon Ellis all netted 29 disposals and Ty Vickery kicked four goals.
What do you think will happen this Sunday afternoon?