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Tigers breeze past listless Lions

  • Tigers breeze past listless Lions

    MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 25: Dustin Martin of the Tigers and Jarrad Jansen of the Lions compete for the ball during the round 14 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Brisbane Lions at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 25, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Richmond's mid-season AFL resurgence has continued with a 42-point win over Brisbane at the MCG.

The Lions kicked the first two goals of the game on Saturday but the Dustin Martin-led Tigers quickly wrenched back control to cruise to the 17.15 (117) to 11.9 (75) victory in front of 28,883 fans.

The victory, Richmond's fifth from their past six games, leaves the door ever-so-slightly ajar for an unlikely finals push.

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But the Tigers' poor finish to the match - they were outscored in the final term by a team that has now lost 10 on the trot - did little to suggest they're capable of such heroics.

Richmond and the Lions were 13th and 17th, respectively, going into the clash and those lowly ladder positions were reflected by a game that never reached any great heights.

In-form Brisbane tagger Mitch Robinson went to Martin as expected but the duel didn't last long, with Robinson leaving the game with a concussion early in the second quarter.

Martin's class shone through with his 35-possession effort a key factor in the win, with Brandon Ellis, Shaun Grigg and Trent Cotchin also influential.

Jack Riewoldt was the most dangerous forward on the ground, finishing with four goals.

Tom Rockliff and Daniel Rich were prominent for the visitors, while young forward Eric Hipwood kicked three goals.

The Lions have a bye round to lick their wounds, while Richmond will take on Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

The Tigers made two late changes - Jake Batchelor (hamstring) and Ben Griffiths (illness) were replaced by Jacob Townsend and Nathan Broad, who made his AFL debut.

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