Sydney Swans continue to fly, defeating Tigers by 9

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    The Sydney Swans have won a thriller at the MCG on Saturday afternoon, defeating the Richmond Tigers by 9 points in a match destined for classic status.

    The Swans came from 35 points down early in the second quarter, before they launched a second-half assault, kicking nine goals to Richmond’s three in the last two quarters.

    Richmond started strongly, keeping the Swans goalless in the first quarter, while they slotted five goals, and an extra two in the second.

    Sydney kept coming, however, after a couple of quick goals from the Tigers in the third, before booting the last eight of nine goals to grab the lead late in the last quarter, with a Gary Rohan snap with 10 seconds left sealing the deal for the Swans.

    Lance Franklin was held well by Alex Rance, with the Tiger winning the individual battle, but Franklin had the last laugh.

    Franklin himself was reported for rough conduct, but it is expected that he will be cleared for any wrongdoing.

    For Richmond, it is now the fourth time that they have lost by less than 10 points, and it represents a missed opportunity for the Tigers to cement themselves inside the top four.

    The best for the Swans were Sam Reid, Dan Hannebery and Nic Newman, whilst Zac Jones was solid down back.

    For Richmond, Trent Cotchin and Bachar Houli had the equal most disposals with 28, while Shai Bolton kicked his first two goals of his AFL career, and Alex Rance was strong down back.

    The Swans now sit one match outside the eight at 12th, a stunning position considering they were 0-6 to start off the season, and Richmond, while still in the top four, risk sliding down the ladder after this round.

    Sydney now will travel back home for a Friday night clash at the SCG against Essendon, and Richmond will face Carlton at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

    Final score
    Sydney 12.8 80
    Richmond 10.11 71

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    The Crowd Says (18)

    • June 17th 2017 @ 6:30pm
      big four sticks said | June 17th 2017 @ 6:30pm | ! Report

      Gutted…absolutely gutted. Hardwick is obviously still not training us for these situations. The football gods sure do hate us.

      • June 17th 2017 @ 6:44pm
        Jon boy said | June 17th 2017 @ 6:44pm | ! Report

        Hardwick still telling us how good a coach he is Pathetic decision to award free against Buddy for a push in the chest Alex was the instigator Where would Tigers be without Rance?

      • June 18th 2017 @ 4:53pm
        Paul2 said | June 18th 2017 @ 4:53pm | ! Report

        “The football gods sure do hate us.”

        Don’t be so sure. I reckon 14 wins might get you into the top 4 this year; normally you need 16.

      • June 19th 2017 @ 8:42am
        Milo said | June 19th 2017 @ 8:42am | ! Report

        BFS you should realize by now that Hardwick is not a great coach. He’s a nice bloke, loved by the players but that’s not going to get it done. You wonder how much positive influence this year has been down to Caracella, Leppa and Balmey. And if its more than 50% i fail to see why Hardwick is there.

        We struggled on Saturday after half time and started to revert to the old chipping game. Why ? Surely it was not under direction? If it was that’s ridiculous, if it wasn’t it means that they’re still needing more discipline in executing the game plan. Either way, not a great reflection of the coaching.

        We’re probably where we should be overall. Struggle will really be on to remain in eight now. Carlton game is absolutely season defining. Lose that and we are in real trouble with Port over there following.

    • June 17th 2017 @ 9:07pm
      Mitcher said | June 17th 2017 @ 9:07pm | ! Report

      Indulge me my unabashed whinge when I should be celebrating (and am).
      But one pleasure the commentators finally having to get off the ad nauseum ‘Tiger Army’ bellows eventually late in the game.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 9:45am
      Mark said | June 18th 2017 @ 9:45am | ! Report

      Happy even if we don’t make finals. Beating the Tigers at the G is all I need from a season, especially when it’s another glorious choke.

      • June 18th 2017 @ 3:10pm
        Philby said | June 18th 2017 @ 3:10pm | ! Report

        What a sad individual – gets his joy from the pain of others.

        • June 18th 2017 @ 4:35pm
          Paul2 said | June 18th 2017 @ 4:35pm | ! Report

          Ease up. Given our recent encounters at the MCG, you can’t begrudge us some enjoyment at finally winning one.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 12:00pm
      bobburra said | June 18th 2017 @ 12:00pm | ! Report

      I’ve said it before, and I will keep saying it, “Good sides come from behind to win, better sides don’t lose from winning positions”. Richmond, & Hardwick especially, take note. You cannot keep losing games likes this and keep saying you are a “genuine/good side” chance for the finals.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 3:09pm
      Philby said | June 18th 2017 @ 3:09pm | ! Report

      I’m not sure about the messaging coming from Hardwick when he says we will never win by 10 goals.

      Surely if we are good enough to get 5 goals ahead of Bulldogs, GWS and Swans, then we are good enough to get 10 goals ahead. Or is the game plan to get 5 goals ahead and then set up defensively to stave off the (inevitable?) comeback by the opposition.

      I don’t get it. The message from Dimma that our games will always be close seems to be self-fulfilling, more than anything else.

      Let’s just win in a canter for a change. Why? Because we can.

      • June 18th 2017 @ 4:49pm
        Paul2 said | June 18th 2017 @ 4:49pm | ! Report

        I think that’s a little harsh. You may have periods of dominance against those quality teams, but those periods aren’t likely to last for the whole game. Good teams won’t allow that. Still, I can see it’d be frustrating to keep surrounding leads in the way the Tigers have.

        All up, though, I think Richmond fans should be positive about where they’re at. Still an even money chance to finish top 4. You’d have taken that at the start of the season without thinking twice.

    • June 18th 2017 @ 4:39pm
      Paul2 said | June 18th 2017 @ 4:39pm | ! Report

      Best win of the season by far – great stuff. That Nic Newman is a serious footballer.

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