Tigers crack Magpies late for AFL win

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    Richmond have reaffirmed their status as the AFL’s masters of pressure, breaking clear of Collingwood to win by 43 points.

    The Tigers kicked half their goals in the last quarter and stayed top with the 16.17 (113) to 10.10 (70) victory on Sunday at the MCG.

    The biggest game between these two rivals since the 1980 grand final attracted a crowd of 72,157.

    The margin did no justice to the Magpies, who took it right up to the reigning premiers in a pulsating clash.

    Tom Phillips was running into an open goal with about 10 minutes left in the last quarter and, had he not slipped, he would have reduced the margin to only 13 points.

    But Richmond pounced, racing the ball up the other end for a goal.

    That was the start of a four-goal run that blew out the margin and ensured Richmond’s 12th-straight win at the MCG.

    The two teams were coming off short breaks after their Anzac clashes and Collingwood, who lost James Aish in the third term to injury, wilted late.

    Richmond youngster Jack Higgins snapped a goal near quarter-time and Magpies defender Lynden Dunn cannoned into him as he celebrated.

    Higgins was given another shot at goal and he converted, giving the Tigers an eight-point lead at the first break.

    Collingwood were matching Richmond’s famed manic pressure and they kept pace with the Tigers through the second term, taking an eight-point lead the main break.

    Richmond thought they had a goal late in the second term, but a score review ruled it was touched.

    There was some confusion over the incident, given Collingwood defender Lynden Dunn clearly did not touch the ball until it was over the goal line, but there was speculation it was touched off the boot.

    Collingwood lost Aish to a knee injury early in the third term, robbing them of a crucial interchange rotation.

    But the Magpies kept pressing, taking an eight-point lead, and defender Brayden Maynard even withstood one of Dustin Martin’s trademark “don’t argue” fend-offs.

    Maynard limped off in the last term with a sore ankle, but played out the match, while Ben Reid was also injured in the final quarter.

    Tigers captain Trent Cotchin was prolific in the third quarter with 10 possessions and slowly his team took control.

    Two goals to Josh Caddy gave Richmond an 11-point lead at the last break.

    He kicked another at the start of the last term and another two followed for the Tigers, meaning a decisive five-goal run either side of three-quarter time for the reigning premiers.

    Collingwood rookie recruit Flynn Appleby, the cousin of golfer Stuart, made his AFL debut as a late replacement for Tom Langdon (managed).

    Chris Mayne played his first game for the Magpies since round three last season and worked hard as a defensive forward.

    Caddy kicked four, while Jack Riewoldt and Dan Butler booted three each for the Tigers and Cotchin was outstanding, while Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar backed up from his Anzac Medal with 42 possessions.

    © AAP 2018

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    • April 29th 2018 @ 9:45pm
      Dan in Devon said | April 29th 2018 @ 9:45pm | ! Report

      As far as losses go, I think this is a good one for Collingwood. They will review the match and see how they lost their shape to a class outfit. Midfield was taken apart at the bounces and the pies resorted to chip kicking and bombing the ball instead of running it through the hands as they had in the past few weeks. That said, the Tigers are a classy team. I thought their small forwards were outstanding very much like Bartlett in the old days- they made their touches count. Dusty Martin is all class and Reiwolt is a genuine leader. The pies will play finals and have the potential to run sides off their feet if they can play a high possession handballing and running game.

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        April 30th 2018 @ 11:11am
        Peter the Scribe said | April 30th 2018 @ 11:11am | ! Report

        Good comment Dan. I thought we held shape pretty well until the late stages of the third. They smashed us at hard ball gets and their small players like Butler are a handful. I thought though we had something they had no answer for in the first half and that was Cox. Reid will be out again now so Cox will have his chances to consolidate. He is starting to look like a Paul Salmon style full forward. Young fellas struggled against the leagues best team in Brown, Stephenson but all part of their development. Expect to see Moore, Adams and Crocker in for Reid, Aish and Brown against the Lions.

        • May 1st 2018 @ 12:34am
          Dan in Devon said | May 1st 2018 @ 12:34am | ! Report

          Good replacements I think. Hopefully Moore will be played forward. I think he and Crocker will help retain the ball in the forward 50. Adams is sorely missed. He adds steel to the midfield and works hard at the clearances where we got hammered. I am very optimistic going forward. Always a good sign when opposition folks start hating on Collingwood players!

    • April 30th 2018 @ 2:55pm
      Dale Peters said | April 30th 2018 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

      What for? asks Dunn… for being a whacker replies Cotchin.

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        April 30th 2018 @ 3:49pm
        Peter the Scribe said | April 30th 2018 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

        Dunn is large, the Richmond small man bounced off him and took a dive that was worthy of the Olympics.

        • April 30th 2018 @ 6:18pm
          Murph said | April 30th 2018 @ 6:18pm | ! Report

          Going out of your way to bump a First year player half your size. What a tough guy….

          • April 30th 2018 @ 6:53pm
            Virgil Starkwell said | April 30th 2018 @ 6:53pm | ! Report

            Then proceeded to act like he’d been knocked out when Higgins’ team mates objected to his cheap shot. He’s all class.

        • May 1st 2018 @ 11:02am
          Pieman said | May 1st 2018 @ 11:02am | ! Report

          You are woeful Peter…. Dunn was stupid and you still back his stupidity

    • May 1st 2018 @ 1:32pm
      Chris said | May 1st 2018 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

      Dunn behaved like a schoolboy. Pathetic! We were undersized and undermanned just like the 1980 Grand Final. To beat this lot you need to be fast and furious so that their catenaccio gets broken up. Poor game plan by Buckley. No plan B. Let’s hope he learnt his lesson and makes changes for when we cross their paths again. Besides, the tactics of the last three weeks should have been implemented and not changed for set shots etc…

    • May 1st 2018 @ 1:51pm
      Pope Paul VII said | May 1st 2018 @ 1:51pm | ! Report

      Dunny’s bump was a good laugh. Should be compulsory to sit overcelebrators on their behinds.

      Umpires are funny too. There were a couple of incidents on the weekend where a tackler, unhappy with being tackled but nevertheless not penalised, has got up and shoved the tackler in the back. Not much different I would have thought but no free kick?

    • May 1st 2018 @ 9:51pm
      Philby said | May 1st 2018 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

      A lot is spoken of Richmond’s elite pressure, but very little is spoken about our explosive scoring when we crack opponents.

      Seven, eight and nine goal quarters, especially late in the game, have become commonplace with the Tiges, and it is this scoring power, that is putting sides to the sword.

      Great to watch, and even the begrudging credit given provides a giggle.

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