Richmond down Crows by 22 points

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By Steve Larkin,

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    Richmond steamrolled Adelaide with a late flourish to log a 22-point AFL victory on Sunday as Tiger forward Tyrone Vickery kicked four goals in his side’s gutsy 17.19 (121) to 15.9 (99) triumph at AAMI Stadium.

    Richmond were 24 points down midway through the third quarter but, inspired by Dustin Martin and Jake King, kicked 10 of the next 12 goals to lay a winning platform.

    Adelaide goalsneak Jack Gunston kicked five majors but his side flagged after a promising opening.

    Adelaide led 7.3 to 5.2 at quarter-time, but scoring dried up in the second stanza as both sides were plagued by skill errors.

    Richmond blew a series of goal scoring chances and managed just 1.6 for the quarter while a pair of goals to elusive Adelaide forward Gunston gave the home side a 16 point buffer at halftime.

    The Crows looked like winners when extending their advantage to four goals early in the third quarter.

    But Richmond fought back tenaciously with an unheralded scoring spree of five unanswered goals to steal a lead they never relinquished.

    The Tigers swarmed over the Crows in their period of sustained dominance and were 10 points in front late in the quarter.

    But a goal to Adelaide’s Matthew Wright after the three-quarter time siren reduced the Crows’ deficit to four points.

    The Tigers responded to the challenge with the initial two goals of the final quarter, with Martin playing a part in both: setting up Vickery for his third and then kicking the next himself to create a 17-point buffer.

    The Crows snuck within 11 when Taylor Walker broke the shackles of defender Alex Rance for his sole major of the day, but Richmond again replied with Trent Cotchin kicking truly to establish a match-defining break.

    Adelaide’s season ends with an away game against West Coast next Saturday while Richmond host North Melbourne next Sunday.

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