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Richmond Tigers vs Essendon Bombers: AFL live scores, blog

17th August, 2018

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Richmond vs. Essendon

AFL Home and Away August 17, 2018
Richmond 81, Essendon 73
Richmond Essendon
 G B Pts G B Pts
Q14024   2315
Q25636   4428
Q310868   7547
Q412981   11773
Where: MCG
When: 7:50pm AEST
TV: Seven, Fox Footy
Betting: Richmond $1.47, Essendon $2.70

Richmond Tigers
B Ryan Garthwaite, Alex Rance, Dylan Grimes
HB Jayden Short, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli
C Sam Lloyd, Shane Edwards, Kamdyn McIntosh
HF Daniel Rioli, Liam Baker, Jason Castagna
F Jack Riewoldt, Dustin Martin, Josh Caddy
FOL Toby Nankervis, Jack Graham, Shaun Grigg
I/C Nathan Broad, Brandon Ellis, Jack Higgins, Reece Conca

Essendon Bombers
B Matt Dea, Michael Hurley, Mark Baguley
HB Matt Guelfi, Aaron Francis, Conor McKenna
C David Zaharakis, Zach Merrett, Dyson Heppell
HF Andrew McGrath, Mitch Brown, Devon Smith
F Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti, Jake Stringer, Travis Colyer
FOL Tom Bellchambers, Kyle Langford, David Myers
I/C Darcy Parish, Brendon Goddard, Cale Hooker, Adam Saad
Bachar Houli of the Tigers runs the ball during the round three AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 8, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
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17th August, 2018

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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