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From the draft to the cup: Brandon Ellis

In a special series leading up to the 2017 AFL national draft, richmondfc.com.au takes a look back at the Tigers’ construction of their drought-breaking premiership team this year via the competition’s main talent acquisition pathway throughout the past decade. Today, we focus on Richmond’s recruitment of Brandon Ellis.

12:56pm  Nov 20, 2017

Tigers’ talented department of youth

afl.com.au's Nathan Schmook takes a comprehensive look at our players from the 2014 draft and later, assessing their early pre-season form, picking those set for a big 2018 and identifying those in need of a big summer.

12:50pm  Nov 20, 2017

Punt Road to Glory: QF

Richmond broke its finals hoodoo to beat Geelong and win through to a preliminary final at the MCG.

10:38am  Nov 20, 2017

Top defensive connection boosts Tigers

Tony Greenberg, richmondfc.com.au  September 14, 2017 7:17 AM

QF: Vlastuin's pivotal performance Highlights of Nick Vlastuin's Qualifying Final against Geelong.
AFL 2017 Second Qualifying Final - Geelong v Richmond

Dylan Grimes and Alex Rance fly to spoil Tom Hawkins last Friday night

A strong, settled defence has been a major component in Richmond’s resurgence this season.

The Tigers are ranked second competition-wide for points conceded on the back of stout defensive efforts from players such as Alex Rance, David Astbury Dylan Grimes and Nick Vlastuin, plus good rebound provided by Bachar Houli and Brandon Ellis.

“It’s really great . . . We haven’t had many changes in our backline at all over the last couple of years,” Grimes said on SEN.

“We’ve had a lot of players hit their straps, really.

“Dave Astbury has had his best season, I think Nick Vlastuin’s had his best season, and Alex Rance was All Australian captain as well.

“So it’s great to see those blokes get the recognition that we’ve rated them internally on the last few years . . .

“To play that amount of footy together, it helps a lot. And it’s something you can’t really manufacture overnight, that connection.

“We’ve got an enormous amount of faith in each other . . .

“The good part about those blokes is they’re just solid defenders, first and foremost, and then they win the ball and we’re able to work off them from there.

“You’re not rolling the dice or gambling on defence at all.

“They’re just locking their blokes away, which is critical and then we build our game from there.”