No Dusty? No Richmond

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    We are seeing a vulnerable Richmond right now, and last Friday night we saw how bad they played against Port Adelaide without Dustin Martin.

    The Brownlow medalist was a late withdrawal from the side’s trip to Adelaide and decided to fly down to New Zealand to visit his dad.

    The Tigers midfield of Trent Cotchin, Josh Caddy, Shane Edwards and Kamdyn McIntosh looked lost without the star guiding them through. It might’ve been only 14 points they lost by, but it is a stark contrast to the Tigers of 12 months ago who began putting teams to the sword after the bye.

    Richmond’s away record this season has been dismal, and the loss last Friday night cements a 0-3 record away from the MCG and Etihad Stadium. They play GWS in Round 17 at Spotless Stadium, and with the Giants reinvigorated, they should beat Richmond.

    Richmond’s physical performance manager Peter Burge told Roar Vision on Tuesday that Martin should be fine, and looks to be running without soreness or concern.

    Richmond take on Geelong, who look to give Richmond their first back-to-back loss of the season on Sunday when the sides meet each other at the MCG.

    Honestly, I would like to see how Martin goes, looking out of sorts as he has the last few weeks, before he took last week off to nurse an injury. If Martin doesn’t fire up against a midfield on fire consisting of Mitch Duncan, Gary Ablett, Joel Selwood and Patrick Dangerfield, Richmond could be some strife and face missing out on a home final having to travel to Perth or Sydney potentially in the first week of finals.

    Hopefully Martin can be back to 100 per cent, as another loss or two for Richmond is problematic in their quest to go back-to-back and win another premiership this year.

    New South Wales have won the 2018 State of Origin series with an 18-14 win in an absolutely outstanding Game 2 at ANZ Stadium. See how the action unfolded with our NSW vs QLD Origin 2 scores, highlights and blog.

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    • June 14th 2018 @ 12:21pm
      BigAl said | June 14th 2018 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

      I didn’t think they played that badly ! – just one bad quarter.

      On that form they’ll handle Port at the G no problems…

    • June 14th 2018 @ 3:54pm
      Philby said | June 14th 2018 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

      How much did we lose by? 14 points? At the Adelaide Oval?

      No Martin, no Prestia, no Graham, no Houli, no Rioli?

      Plenty of up side, I’d say, but we need to take care of the Cats this weekend.

      • June 14th 2018 @ 4:19pm
        truetigerfan said | June 14th 2018 @ 4:19pm | ! Report

        Very true. Prestia’s influence is very under appreciated. Still, expect us to come home strong at the business end of the season with all these guys back and in form.

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      June 14th 2018 @ 7:27pm
      Samuel Ord said | June 14th 2018 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      This is a pretty insane take on the match.

      Richmond won three out of the four quarters. 75 per cent of the match. If it wasn’t for five goals in five minutes Port would’ve lost handily. They also lost by 14 points total at Adelaide Oval against a top eight side.

      The Tigers ‘dismal’ travel record is three losses interstate against three sides pushing for top six positions. Not ideal but a long way from a disaster. The Tigers will smash a depleted GWS. Last year they had them defeated at FULL STRENGTH at Spotless Stadium until a goal as disallowed against Shai Bolton in the final minute.

      Dustin Martin wasn’t a late inclusion. It was a planned omission.

      You say the Tigers midfield of “Trent Cotchin, Josh Caddy, Shane Edwards and Kamdyn McIntosh.”

      That wasn’t Richmond’s midfield. Josh Caddy and Shane Edwards are half forwards who spot up in the middle. McIntosh is a half back and he does zero clearance work. For some reason you didn’t mention Kane Lambert (on-baller and Richmond’s leading disposal getter), Reece Conca, Anthony Miles, Shaun Grigg and Toby Nankervis – all actual midfielders.

    • June 15th 2018 @ 2:25pm
      Michael44 said | June 15th 2018 @ 2:25pm | ! Report

      Richmond after 12 games played in 2017:-
      W – 7 L – 5 109.7%

      Richmond after 12 games played in 2018:-
      W – 9 L – 3 135.6%

      Yes, Richmond do have some tough games coming up, but it is not exactly panic stations yet.

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