It has not been an enjoyable experience for Richmond when they have faced the Western Bulldogs. Their rapid rate of improvement, particularly across the last two seasons, has seen the Tigers really struggle to gain the upper hand. In fact, between the years 1996 to 2015, Richmond has only managed seven wins.
The last time Richmond actually beat the Western Bulldogs was three seasons ago in 2013. Whilst they also secured the victory in the 2012 season and had a 130-point draw in 2008, the last recorded win prior to these consecutive seasons was way back in 2005. That season was the last of three consecutive victories between 2003 and 2005, prior to that was wins back in 2000 and the 1996 seasons respectively.
Specifically in relation to their seven wins across 19 years, Trent Cotchin lead disposals in two of the games and in these same two games; Jack Riewoldt led the way on the scoreboard. In a subsequent two other games meanwhile, Matthew Richardson was the leading goal kicker.
With regards to crowd attendance meanwhile – the biggest was 49, 557 in Round 14, 2000 at the MCG whilst the lowest was 25, 691 in Round 7, 1996 at the MCG.
Below are Richmond’s top five biggest winning margins over the Western Bulldogs...
1. ROUND 20, 2012: Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs 150-80, a 70-point margin in front of 28, 286 at the MCG. Trent Cotchin netted 35 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked five goals.
2. ROUND 3, 2013: Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs 135-68, a 67-point margin in front of 44, 045 at Etihad Stadium. Trent Cotchin netted 36 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked five goals.
3. ROUND 7, 1996: Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs 113-62, a 51-point margin in front of 25, 691 at the MCG. Paul Broderick netted 33 disposals and Mark Merenda kicked five goals.
4. ROUND 14, 2000: Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs 87-52, a 35-point margin in front of 49, 557 at the MCG. Matthew Knights netted 25 disposals and Brendon Gale kicked five goals.
5. ROUND 8, 2004: Richmond beat the Western Bulldogs 105-82, a 23-point margin in front of 33, 960 at the MCG. Nathan Brown netted 30 disposals and Matthew Richardson kicked 10 goals.
What do you think will happen this Saturday night?