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Punt Road to Glory: Round 11

Punt Road to glory: R11 Watch highlights from the Round 11 win over North Melbourne.
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 03: Dan Butler of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2017 AFL round 11 match between the North Melbourne Kangaroos and the Richmond Tigers at Etihad Stadium on June 03, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Dan Butler celebrates one of his two goals on Saturday night

Richmond’s road to premiership glory in 2017 will be re-lived at through our match reports and video highlights of each Tigers win during the season.

In a special off-season series until Wednesday, November 22, you can again savour the sweet taste of Tiger success, culminating in the sweetest of them all – the Grand Final victory over Adelaide. Today we look back to a convincing win over North Melbourne ahead of the bye...

A DOMINANT third-quarter burst from Richmond has seen them beat North Melbourne 14.17 (101) to 9.12 (66) at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The six-goal to one term saw the Tigers break clear after a close first half, but they could have been even further ahead after wasting some very gettable opportunities.

As per usual, Dustin Martin racked up possessions but Richmond supporters would be pleased with the increased output from Dion Prestia, as well fast and confident play across the board.

Richmond (7-4) beat North (4-7) for just the second time in nine meetings across six years and climbed into the top four.

Martin (38 possessions, two goals) was a class above a turnover-strewn contest that demanded someone grab it by the scruff of the neck. He was ever-present, but the Tigers split the game open in a chaotic seven-minute period right after half-time.

"It was a pretty impressive game," Hardwick said of Martin.
"I thought Trent, our captain, was also outstanding. He gets 70-odd pressure points and 11 tackles and his physicality in and around the contest (was superb).
"His possession gains at crucial stages were good and Dustin's just had a wonderful season thus far. We know those guys are really quality players. We expect them to play well in big games and they did tonight."

Fifty-metre penalties against North defenders Scott Thompson then Robbie Tarrant delivered goals to Jack Riewoldt and Shaun Grigg that propelled Richmond 10 points in front after a half-time deficit.

It was a continuation of the Kangaroos shooting themselves in the foot, after the Tigers had 14 scoring shots – admittedly for only five goals – off their rival's first-half turnovers.

Panic had set in by the time Riewoldt, who was involved in both earlier third-quarter goals, nabbed Tarrant in a tackle and slotted his second major.

All that was missing was Martin making a scoreboard impression. Another North giveback – this time off Todd Goldstein's boot – saw the Tigers rush the ball forward to Martin, who burned off Luke McDonald and thumped through a 50m goal.

The difference would have been more if Martin's teammates had converted two of his savvy passes, including an over-the-shoulder centring ball while hugging the boundary. The follow-up act soon after was predictable: a close-range Martin snap for maximum points.

Dion Prestia (35), Trent Cotchin (32), Bachar Houli (31) and Brandon Ellis (30) also won huge numbers, while Jamie Macmillan (26), Sam Gibson (25) and Dumont (24) were the Roos' major ball-winners.

NORTH MELBOURNE  2.4    7.6     8.9    9.12   (66)                  
RICHMOND                 3.4   6.10  12.13  14.17   (101)           

North Melbourne: Wood 2, Atley 2, Brown, Waite, Higgins, Gibson, Hansen
Richmond: Riewoldt 2, Martin 2, Butler 2, Lambert 2, Castagna, Cotchin, Edwards, Ellis, Grigg, Rioli 

North Melbourne: Gibson, Dumont, Macmillan, Tarrant, Hrovat
Richmond: Martin, Riewoldt, Prestia, Rance, Houli, Lambert, Ellis, Cotchin 

North Melbourne: Garner (leg)
Richmond: Nil 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Foot, Rosebury, Hosking, Schmitt

Official crowd: 36,100 at Etihad Stadium