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Round 22: Team Forecast

  • Round 22: Team Forecast

    BEACONSFIELD, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Kane Lambert (left) and Daniel Rioli of the Tigers celebrate during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Holm Park Recreation Reserve, Beaconsfield on February 27, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)


The back half of this season has all been about blooding the kids for Richmond and they have arguably found a few that will hold the Tigers in good stead moving forward, namely Jayden Short, Daniel Rioli, Connor Menadue and Oleg Markov. However, with only two games left of the season, the decision might be made to manage them or effectively rest them. If Richmond goes down this path, there are form players in the VFL waiting for an opportunity.

Kane Lambert has put together back-to-back stand-out performances at VFL level across the past fortnight – racking up 37 and 36 possessions respectively. According to Richmond Development Coach, Andrew McQualter – Lambert had another massive game in the win over the Geelong VFL team last Sunday evening. Along with his 36 possessions (14 of which were contested), he also had eight marks, eight clearances, four tackles and kicked one goal. Meanwhile, his best mate and fellow former mature-age rookie, Adam Marcon had a significant impact in the win over the Geelong VFL team. McQualter believes he was one of the best players through his work rate for the duration of the game – he finished with 29 possessions, 11 tackles, five clearances, 14 handball receives and kicked two goals. They would certainly be handy inclusions to have for Richmond against St Kilda – a side that could prove tricky for the Tigers on Saturday afternoon.

There is also a chance Reece Conca could return to senior duties after amassing 27 possessions, 10 handball receives and five tackles in the win over the Geelong VFL team. He played through the midfield and half-back and was a solid contributor. However, he came off late in the final term with a corked thigh so might be in doubt. Ben Griffiths is another who is a chance to return, though would need to pass a fitness test on his groin to be deemed available for selection.

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