Richmond will play Greater Western Sydney at Manuka Oval in Canberra this Saturday afternoon for the first time since the Giants entered the AFL in 2012. From 2012-2015, the Tigers have won every game against the Giants but given the rapid rate of improvement in GWS this season, that trend appears to be unlikely to continue.
As mentioned previously, the AFL has permitted the Giants to play for premiership points since the 2012 season, despite the Club being founded three years prior to this. This means that they have been part of the competition for the past four years. So far as this season goes, the Tigers have struggled whilst the Giants have gone from strength to strength. A comparison between the two Clubs demonstrates this quite clearly. Richmond averages 62.4 tackles per game whilst Greater Western Sydney averages 67.0, the Tigers average 47.2 for inside 50s per game whilst the Giants average 57.8 and Richmond averages 36.4 clearances per game whilst Greater Western Sydney averages 40.9.
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 Richmond leading the head-to-head 5-0.
1. ROUND 12, 2012: Richmond beat GWS 86-74, a 12-point margin in front of 7538 at Spotless Stadium. Brett Deledio netted 30 disposals and both Daniel Connors and Jack Riewoldt kicked three goals.
2. ROUND 22, 2013: Richmond beat GWS 163-42, a 121-point margin in front of 12, 314 at Spotless Stadium. Dustin Martin netted 33 disposals and Aaron Edwards kicked five goals.
3. ROUND 10, 2014: Richmond beat GWS 154-41, a 113-point margin in front of 8331 at Spotless Stadium. Dustin Martin netted 36 disposals and Jack Riewoldt kicked 11 goals.
4. ROUND 19, 2014: Richmond beat GWS 89-62, a 27-point margin in front of 23, 093 at the MCG. Brandon Ellis netted 34 disposals and both Dustin Martin and Ricky Petterd kicked two goals.
5. ROUND 14, 2015: Richmond beat GWS 78-69, a nine-point margin in front of 35, 968 at the MCG. Trent Cotchin netted 33 disposals and Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin all kicked two goals.
What do you think will happen this Saturday afternoon?