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No change for Tigers

Richmond will take an unchanged line-up into Friday night’s preliminary final against Collingwood at the MCG.

6:25pm  Sep 20, 2018

Clear skies for MCG prelim final

Friday night's preliminary final between Richmond and Collingwood appears unlikely to be interrupted by rain, with just a five percent chance of any precipitation at the MCG.

4:45pm  Sep 20, 2018

Gallery: Preliminary final open training

See a selection of the best images from this morning's open training session at the Swinburne Centre, Punt Road Oval.

2:47pm  Sep 20, 2018

Punt Road to Glory: Round 18

Nick Bowen, AFL Media  November 15, 2017 11:56 AM

Punt Road to glory: R18 Watch match highlights from the Round 18 win over Greater Western Sydney.
Jack Riewoldt celebrates one of his two goals at the MCG on Sunday

Jack Riewoldt celebrates one of his two goals at the MCG on Sunday

Richmond’s road to premiership glory in 2017 will be re-lived at richmondfc.com.au 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 wet win over GWS in Round 18...

RICHMOND has reclaimed a top-four spot, overcoming a slow start on Sunday to out-muscle Greater Western Sydney by 19 points in dismal conditions at the MCG on Sunday.

The Giants opened Sunday's clash in sparkling form, dominating the first quarter to lead by 20 points at the opening break.

But when steady rain began to fall at the start of the second term – it became torrential at patches in the second half – the contest was turned on its head.

With Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin leading the way, the Tigers wrested control of the midfield battle, kicking six consecutive goals in less than a quarter and a half to set up their 9.10 (64) to 6.9 (45) victory.

Martin (31 disposals, 11 clearances and one goal) and Cotchin (27 disposals and seven tackles) were outstanding for Richmond, while Nick Vlastuin (21 disposals, 11 marks and eight rebound 50s) and Brandon Ellis (23 disposals and six rebound 50s) were creative playmakers from half-back and Alex Rance was impassable deep in defence.

After kicking the game's opening three goals, GWS were held scoreless from the 22-minute mark of the first quarter until the 17-minute mark of the third term, when Nick Haynes finally broke their drought.

The Giants scored two goals in the final term to Richmond's one to reduce the Tigers' 26-point three-quarter time lead, but never seriously threatened to snatch the game.

The Giants' loss could be further soured, too, with star forward Toby Greene reported for a first-quarter jumper punch that appeared to catch Rance on the chin. Midfielder Dylan Shiel also left the ground late in the game nursing his right arm and took no further part in the game.

Richmond's win was its 11th for the season and helped the Tigers climb to fourth on the ladder, level with the third-placed Giants (10 wins and two draws) on 44 premiership points and just five percentage points behind.

The Giants have won just one of their past six games – but have had two draws – and, in a season where they have admittedly been hard hit by injury, need to rediscover their best form if they want to have a serious impact in the finals.

Callan Ward (a game-high 37 possessions) never stopped trying to hold off the Richmond tide in the second half despite a lack of support from his teammates.

Ward's co-captain Phil Davis took the points against Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt (two goals) – although Sunday's conditions favoured him – while Dylan Shiel (22 disposals and nine clearances) and half-backs Nathan Wilson (22 possessions and seven inside 50s) and Zac Williams (28 possessions) were the Giants' next best.

More to come

RICHMOND                            0.2   4.6   8.8   9.10 (64)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY          3.4   3.5   4.5   6.9 (45)

GOALS

Richmond: Riewoldt 2, Martin, McIntosh, Lambert, Castagna, Rioli, Caddy, Nankervis 
Greater Western Sydney: Haynes, Patton, Greene, Whitfield, Kelly, Ward

BEST 

Richmond: Martin, Cotchin, Vlastuin, B.Ellis, RanceLambert
Greater Western Sydney: Ward, Davis, Shiel, Wilson, Williams

INJURIES 

Richmond: Nil
Greater Western Sydney: Shiel (right arm)

Reports: Toby Greene (GWS) reported for striking Alex Rance in the first quarter  

Umpires: Rosebury, Mitchell, Mollison

Official crowd: 33,467 at the MCG