Depleted Tigers hammer Crows to equal MCG win streak record

By Roger Vaughan,

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    Richmond have overcome a rash of injuries to maul Adelaide by 47 points and equal the AFL winning streak at the MCG.

    The 15.13 (103) to 8.8 (56) win leaves the Crows floundering with a 7-8 record, at least a game plus percentage outside the top eight.

    It is Adelaide’s lowest score against the Tigers and they now face a must-win game next Thursday night at home against Geelong.

    Richmond now have 17-straight wins on their home ground – a streak that includes last September’s grand final win over the Crows.

    That equals the record set by Melbourne in the 1950s.

    Adelaide pressed late in the third quarter, kicking two goals and reducing the margin to 16 points at the last change.

    The Tigers had lost Jack Graham to a dislocated shoulder after half-time and Dan Butler spent time on the bench with an ankle injury before returning in the last quarter.

    But despite Nathan Broad suffering a suspected fractured cheekbone in the last term and Daniel Rioli briefly leaving the field with a sore groin, the Tigers were able to hit the afterburners again in the last term.

    The reigning premiers kicked six goals to one in the final term.

    Richmond have won 12 of their 16 last quarters this season, the best in the league.

    “I’m really proud of the effort – Adelaide are starting to get their game back up and going,” said Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.

    “They’re a tough outfit, so it’s a good win versus a good side.

    “There was a bit of a shuffling of the deckchairs there late.

    “The players assume the positions, where they’re needed, to make the right decisions at the right time.

    Tigers defender David Astbury was outstanding and made sure Adelaide captain Taylor Walker had a dirty night, while fellow backman Dylan Grimes also impressed.

    Walker’s only highlight was a booming goal from inside the centre square during the third term.

    When asked about Walker’s game, coach Don Pyke said not enough Crows players stood up when needed against Richmond.

    “I don’t know if too much is necessarily being left to him – he’s a really important player down there for us,” Pyke said.

    “You need your leaders to stand up and play really well, but if you look at the weight of numbers of contributions from players, Richmond were far stronger in that space.

    “All of their guys would have had their hands up, saying they played a really solid game.

    “Unfortunately we can’t say that about ourselves tonight.”

    Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin emerged from his run of below-par form to shine in the second half, while Shane Edwards and Kane Lambert were also prominent.

    Graham dislocated his shoulder trying to tackle Myles Poholke.

    Crows defender Daniel Talia also added to their injury woes when he hurt his foot early in the game.

    Talia played out the match, but clearly was below his best.

    Rory Sloane and Matt Crouch were prolific in the midfield for Adelaide and Josh Jenkins kicked three goals.

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    The Crowd Says (7)

    • July 7th 2018 @ 9:26am
      Geoff from Bruce Stadium said | July 7th 2018 @ 9:26am | ! Report

      Looks like its the Tigers premiership to lose this year and with the arrogance and confidence they are showing at present it will take a massive effort to take it from them. You need 4 quarters of sustained pressure to beat them and the Crows weren’t prepared to put in that sort of effort last night. Of the contenders in the 8 I can only really see Collingwood and possibly Port giving them a run for their money.

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        July 7th 2018 @ 10:15am
        Peter the Scribe said | July 7th 2018 @ 10:15am | ! Report

        Yes Geoff they only need to keep pace first three quarters at the G then let loose in the last. You probably need to be 35 ahead at three quarter time to have a chance

    • July 7th 2018 @ 9:44am
      Aligee said | July 7th 2018 @ 9:44am | ! Report

      Watching Richmond is really quite ho- hum.

      • July 7th 2018 @ 10:13am
        truetigerfan said | July 7th 2018 @ 10:13am | ! Report

        Don’t watch then, dude. It seems you prefer the no tackle, no pressure, free flowing keepings off type of footy played up north anyway.

    • July 7th 2018 @ 10:55am
      Aligee said | July 7th 2018 @ 10:55am | ! Report

      Ok dude

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      July 7th 2018 @ 12:09pm
      Paul Dawson said | July 7th 2018 @ 12:09pm | ! Report

      Go richmond I guess. Didn’t bother watching last night. Too predictable.

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        July 7th 2018 @ 2:55pm
        Peter the Scribe said | July 7th 2018 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

        So predictable I took them in the 40-49 bracket for a nice collect. That’s the margin they tend to beat the good teams at the G. The average teams? Take them 60+

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