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The Richmond Tigers need to win to keep their premiership defence alive, but they’ll go up against a St Kilda Saints side keen to surprise. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:50pm (AEDT).
Richmond looked to have hit perfect form at just the right time, closing the home-and-away season with six-game winning streak. But, in the qualifying final, their hoodoo over Brisbane came to an end in stunning fashion. The Tigers were uncharacteristically undisciplined, giving away five 50-metre penalties in the first half to fall behind despite dominating play. They mounted a late comeback, but fell short by 15 points – meaning they’ll have to do it the hard way if they want to claim the flag.
St Kilda, on the other hand, played in one of the more thrilling elimination finals in some time – downing the Western Bulldogs by three points. They looked to have the match in the bag when they led by four goals late in the third quarter, but went to sleep in the final quarter and almost blew it. However, they were able to hold their nerve over the last two minutes to preserve their slim buffer and progress to the semi-finals for the first time since 2010.
It was one of the upsets of the season in Round 4 when these sides clashed, as the Saints came away with a 26-point win. Richmond had won four in a row and ten of the previous 12 against the Saints prior to that, however. This will be the first final between these sides since 1973, when the Tigers prevailed by 40 points.
Opening bounce: 7:50pm (AEDT)
Venue: Metricon Stadium, Gold Coast
TV: Fox Sports, Seven
Live stream: Kayo Sports, Foxtel, AFL Live Pass, 7Plus
B: Nathan Broad, Dylan Grimes, Noah Balta
HB: Liam Baker, Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli
C: Kamdyn McIntosh, Dion Prestia, Marlion Pickett
HF: Jack Graham, Jason Castagna, Dustin Martin
F: Tom Lynch, Jack Riewoldt, Daniel Rioli
FOL: Toby Nankervis, Shane Edwards, Trent Cotchin
I/C: David Astbury, Jayden Short, Kane Lambert, Shai Bolton
B: Jonathon Marsh, Dougal Howard, Ben Paton
HB: Nick Coffield, Callum Wilkie, Jarryn Geary
C: Brad Hill, Seb Ross, Dan Hannebery
HF: Dan Butler, Tim Membrey, Hunter Clark
F: Jack Lonie, Max King, Josh Battle
FOL: Rowan Marshall, Zak Jones, Jack Steele
I/C: Shane Savage, Jack Billings, Dean Kent, Jack Sinclair