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Essendon’s slim finals prospects lay solely on the hotly anticipated Friday night clash between the Richmond Tigers and Essendon Bombers. Join The Roar for live scores and blog of the encounter, starting from 7:50pm AEST.
Last time these two sides met, was in round 11 for the annual ‘Dreamtime at the G’ clash. The Tigers proved formidable, embarrassing a lacklustre Bombers outfit to the tune of 71 points. Shane Edwards had 31 possessions and kicked two goals, while Devon Smith was best on for Essendon.
It is challenging to source superlatives stout enough to accurately reflect Richmond’s dominance at the MCG. The Tigers have amassed 16 straight wins at the venue, with little sign of slowing down.
Richmond’s fast, scintillating handball-driven game style consistently proves decisive and productive on the AFL’s grandest stage. The Tigers gain an astonishing 504 metres per game through handballs, which is 233 metres ahead of second.
The Tigers will be without essential midfield trio Kane Lambert, Trent Cotchin, and Dion Prestia. However, Toby Nankervis and Reece Conca return, which will provide a significant boost.
Essendon’s season has been one filled with disappointment and frustration. Imposing victories against West Coast, GWS, and Port Adelaide have been accompanied with abysmal outings against Carlton, Fremantle, and the Western Bulldogs.
Devon Smith has emerged as a recruiting wonder stroke. Already impressive playing for GWS, Smith has developed into one of the competitions elite, comfortably ranking first in the competition for tackles.
The Bombers will be without the influential Orazio Fantasia, leaving Travis Collyer and Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti with big shoes to fill.
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