Coming up against the lowly Lions presented Richmond with an opportunity for a percentage-boosting win. Whilst the Tigers now sit 11th on the ladder and two wins outside the top eight, their 42-point victory over the Lions was nothing to write home about.
Realistically speaking, Richmond played well for two and half quarters, but rapidly fell away in the final term and managed a win due to the poor quality of football coming from the opposition in many ways. Brisbane to their credit started the match brightly with the first two goals of the game, catching the Tigers on the back foot. The Lions’ competitiveness evaporated after all of 10 minutes though, as the Tigers kicked five goals in the next 10 minutes to lead by 22-points at quarter-time. Whilst the Lions threatened ever so slightly in stages, the Tigers maintained the lead throughout 38-points at halftime and 56-points at three-quarter time.
The second half of the game was rather peculiar to watch for the Tiger faithful. For a large part of the third quarter, the Tigers resembled a mid-table side guilty of too much showboating that in turn meant that wasted goal scoring opportunities permeated their game. They would go on to have their biggest lead of the game at the final change, but were outscored 5.6 to 3.4 in the last quarter that prompted Damien Hardwick to walk to the bench looking for answers, with the choice of his team to seemingly switch off instead of going for the jugular angering him the most. The low quality opposition asked no questions of the Tigers and they were never under pressure, so it was the ideal situation to make a statement. Yet, the game was so one-sided that nobody learned much of anything about Richmond.
It was a really average performance from Richmond, who lost the tackle count 48-55. However, they finished with 32 scoring shots to 20 and took a staggering 25 marks inside-50, a whopping 14 more than the AFL average and the Club’s biggest tally since Round 10, 2014. The form line says that Richmond has won five of its past six to still have a sniff of September, though they now travel to Adelaide to play Port Adelaide for a second time this season and have a somewhat challenging back half of the season to make their case for a third straight finals appearance. In such an even season however, the faithful choose to believe anything is possible.
Final Score: RICH 17.15.117 to LIONS 11.9.75.
TOP 3 TIGERS:
1. DUSTIN MARTIN: Another best-on-ground performance from the birthday boy. He finished with 35 disposals (11 in the last quarter), 24 uncontested possessions, three intercepts, seven marks, six clearances, 13 pressure acts and 10 score involvements.
2. BRANDON ELLIS: In his 101st game, the midfielder seemingly rediscovered some of his best form. He finished with 28 disposals, 21 uncontested possessions, three intercepts, six marks, three tackles, 10 pressure acts, six score involvements and one goal.
3. SHAUN GRIGG: The underrated on-baller had yet another excellent game. He finished with 27 disposals, 18 uncontested possessions, two intercepts, five marks, three clearances, 14 pressure acts and eight score involvements.
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