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Fremantle’s miserable week has continued with a 77-point thrashing from Richmond at the MCG despite a heroic effort from skipper Nat Fyfe.
Richmond Tigers 15.20.110
Fremantle Dockers 4.9.33
The best team in the competition on current form, the Richmond Tigers, welcome the Fremantle Dockers to the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1:10pm (AEST).
Richmond’s win against the Collingwood Magpies was really impressive. They came up against a side that was full of belief, but it proved irrelevant in the end.
As good as the Pies were, the Tigers still came away 43-point winners. They just seem to run out games better than most opposition sides. The energy they play with in the first quarter is at the exact same level in the last.
Toby Nankervis has been brilliant since arriving at the Tigers, and he was pivotal last weekend gaining 29 disposals. Josh Caddy is another who has played his role in the Tiger rise, and he showed his worth again also on the weekend kicking four majors.
If those two can have performances like that again, it will go a long way to gaining four points against the Dockers.
In team news for the Tigers, Jacob Townsend comes back into the side for the injured Shaun Grigg.
As for the Dockers, they have had a solid start to the season with three wins. They only just lost to the West Coast Eagles on the weekend, so things are looking better than what was expected at the beginning of the season for the Dockers.
Lachie Neale was impressive last week reeling in 35 touches. Nat Fyfe has been solid to start the season and starting to look back to his absolute best, whilst youngster Ed Langdon had 26 touches to announce himself on the big stage.
Fremantle actually did defeat the Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground last season, but it will be a tougher challenge this time around. Fyfe will be massive in the outcome.
In team news for the Dockers, Michael Johnson (managed) and Michael Walters (injured) come out of the side. Brennan Cox and Ethan Hughes are the replacements.
I’m not sure how any side is supposed to stop Richmond and their form at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. They simply look unstoppable, as Fremantle will find out.
Tigers by 42.
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