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It is the second to last home and away game of the year, with the strong-finishing Richmond Tigers taking on the minor-premiership-chasing Brisbane Lions, live from the MCG. Join The Roar from 3:20pm (AEST) for live scores and blog of the game.
Oh boy, isn’t there a whiff of that 2017 dream run to the grand final about the 2019 Tigers.
And nobody in their right mind would have seen it coming after the initial loss of Alex Rance and the endless injury runs this team has endured this season.
Richmond are once again playing with an intensity, ferocity, application and determination that took them to a flag and last year’s preliminary final, and most importantly, they are doing so as a complete unit, again, with singular focus that you need to take you deep into September.
Huge credit goes to big off-season recruit Tom Lynch, who carried this team for parts of the season, and as he has gotten fitter, the Tigers have only gotten better, such that the Tigers have gone on an 8-game winning streak.
So it is somewhat poetic that the Tigers find themselves coming up against the Lions today, a team that is almost mirroring the exact same run during the second half of the season.
It is even more amazing to think that the last time the Lions lost, back in Round 12, was to Carlton, and the Lions’ place in the finals was being questioned.
Instead, the Lions won their next nine, and come into today’s match with a chance to win a minor premiership, a truly astonishing feat.
The real question for Fagan and his men will be whether they can back up from last week’s heroics at home, in a high-stakes match up at the home of footy.
While bigger prizes await in September, there is no better opportunity for the Lions to show if they are ready for the big stage than coming up against Richmond in Melbourne.
And given the recent history that has seen the Tigers dine out on the Lions in recent years, it is a chance for Brisbane to re-write a bit of history as well.
I like the Lions, and the odds for their win look quite appealing, however, the Tigers at home are a huge challenge, and coming off the high of the Cats win last week, a loss here might not be so bad for the Queenslanders.
Tigers by 15.
Where: MCG, Melbourne
When: Sunday, 25 August 2019
TV: Channel 7, Foxtel, Kayo, AFL live pass
Betting: Tigers $1.41, Lions $2.82
B David Astbury, Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes
HB Bachar Houli, Nick Vlastuin, Jayden Short
C Brandon Ellis, Dion Prestia, Josh Caddy
HF Daniel Rioli, Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert
F Shai Bolton, Tom J. Lynch, Jack Riewoldt
FOL Ivan Soldo, Shane Edwards, Dustin Martin
I/C Jason Castagna, Liam Baker, Jack Graham, Noah Balta
B Luke Hodge, Harris Andrews, Marcus Adams
HB Alex Witherden, Darcy Gardiner, Daniel Rich
C Lincoln McCarthy, Dayne Zorko, Mitch Robinson
HF Charles Cameron, Eric Hipwood, Hugh McCluggage
F Oscar McInerney, Daniel McStay, Jarrod Berry
FOL Stefan Martin, Lachie Neale, Jarryd Lyons
I/C Cam Rayner, Cedric Cox, Zac Bailey, Noah Answerth