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  • Goals 13
  • Behinds 10
  • Total 88

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  • Goals 13
  • Behinds 4
  • Total 82
  • FORM:
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W
4th
  • FORM:
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  • W
  • W
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  • W
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Match Report

Tigers pip Eagles in a classic at the 'G

By Riley Beveridge, AFL Media August 18, 2019 3:48 PM

Highlights: Round 22

Highlights of the Round 22 match against West Coast.

IF SUNDAY was billed as a warm-up to September, it quickly felt like the real thing.

In front of a vocal MCG crowd, with the intensity of the contest dialled up a notch, you wouldn't be surprised if this round 22 match-up was replicated again on September 28.

If it is, Richmond would gladly accept a similar result over West Coast.

The neutrals would gladly accept similar entertainment, as well.

The manner of the victory might fray the nerves for supporters, though. Having fallen five goals down in the first quarter, Richmond was forced to spend the entirety of the match edging its way back into the contest to secure a dramatic 13.10 (88) to 13.4 (82) win.

That comeback was eventually complete in the 29th minute of the final term, when Jack Riewoldt's classy off-balance snap around the body proved the difference in an epic battle.

Dustin Martin was outstanding in dragging the Tigers back into the contest, delivering a performance reflective of his 2017 best with 35 disposals, six clearances and a goal.

Shane Edwards and Dion Prestia were also fantastic in the midfield, while Bachar Houli and Dylan Grimes – the latter battling an ankle injury – provided a sensational rear-guard stand.

There were plenty of positives despite the defeat for West Coast, who had shot out of the blocks before nearly returning serve in the tense final moments of the contest.

Elliot Yeo (26 disposals, 15 clearances, eight tackles) was the standout in midfield, while Shannon Hurn (24 disposals, 10 marks) provided plenty of rebound from the backline.

However, ultimately, it was the Tigers who solidified their spot in the top four with victory.

September might still be 13 days away, but from the outset this felt like finals footy.

Whether it was the bright spring-like sun that blanketed the MCG in the early stages of the game, or the desperate nature of the contest, the whole occasion smelt like September.

And the Eagles were treating it as such.

Within the first 10 minutes on Sunday, Andrew Gaff, Jack Darling and Jeremy McGovern had all thrown themselves into oncoming packs. Sometimes it was brave, others reckless, but regardless it signalled their intent to treat the clash as a preview to the finals.

The visitors also produced the footy to match. Crisper and cleaner around the ground, they kicked seven of the first 10 goals to claim a 24-point lead by the first change.

But just as good sides do, the Tigers responded. The last goal of the opening term was followed by the first two of the second quarter, as the margin was quickly slashed.

The comeback was critical, as the grey skies closed in on the MCG.

The heavens eventually opened at half-time and stayed for the remainder of the game, making it a different type of encounter as both sides started to battle for territory.

While the spectacle suffered as a result of the weather, the contest didn't.

Just three goals were kicked in a gruelling third term, as the Tigers closed the gap to just a point at the final change, relishing the suddenly wet and windy Victorian conditions.

At times, it appeared like that surge of momentum might overwhelm West Coast. But, to the credit of the visitors, they never relented despite a late rush of Tom Lynch goals.

Having relinquished what others might consider an insurmountable advantage in the wet a number of times, they kept being able to respond through generating run from half-back.

But Riewoldt's goal, with just four minutes on the clock, did the trick.

RICHMOND        3.1     6.5      8.8      13.10 (88)
WEST COAST     7.1      8.2      9.3       13.4 (82)

GOALS
Richmond: Lynch 3, Riewoldt 2, Castagna, Caddy, Bolton, Lambert, Short, Martin, Soldo, Edwards
West Coast: 
Cripps 3, Darling 2, Rioli 2, Petruccelle, Hickey, Allen, Ryan, Waterman, Kennedy

BEST
Richmond: Martin, Houli, Edwards, Grimes, Prestia, Lynch
West Coast: 
Yeo, Hurn, Shuey, Gaff, Sheppard, Jetta
 

INJURIES
Richmond: Grimes (ankle)
West Coast: 
Hutchings (hamstring)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, Gavine, Mollison

Official crowd: 57,415 at the MCG

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dustin Martin
    Dustin Martin
    35
  • Richmond
    Bachar Houli
    34
  • Richmond
    Dion Prestia
    29
  • Richmond
    Shane Edwards
    29
  • West Coast Eagles
    Andrew Gaff
    29
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dustin Martin
    Dustin Martin
    130
  • Richmond
    Bachar Houli
    124
  • West Coast Eagles
    Elliot Yeo
    117
  • West Coast Eagles
    Shannon Hurn
    107
  • Richmond
    Dion Prestia
    104
Scoring Leaders
  • Tom J. Lynch
    Tom J. Lynch
    3.1
  • West Coast Eagles
    Jamie Cripps
    3.0
  • Richmond
    Jack Riewoldt
    2.1
  • West Coast Eagles
    Willie Rioli
    2.1
  • West Coast Eagles
    Jack Darling
    2.0

Match Stats

  • 355 Disposals 321
  • 66.2 Disposal Eff 67.3
  • 155 Contested Pos 133
  • 70 Marks 85
  • 24 Free Kicks 22
  • 47 Clearances 50
  • 62 Inside 50s 44
  • 31 Rebound 50s 46
  • 60 Tackles 51
  • 50 Hit-outs 36
  • 85 Interchanges 81

Breakdown

  • 3.1 (19)
    7.1 (43)
  • 6.5 (41)
    8.2 (50)
  • 8.8 (56)
    9.3 (57)
  • 13.10 (88)
    13.4 (82)

Player Stats

Richmond

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dustin Martin 27 8 35 4 0 2 1 4 1 0 130
2Bachar Houli 21 13 34 9 0 0 0 2 0 0 124
3Dion Prestia 13 16 29 4 0 1 0 5 0 0 104
4Shane Edwards 21 8 29 1 0 0 2 2 1 0 90
5Tom J. Lynch 11 6 17 4 0 2 3 4 3 1 85
6Ivan Soldo 5 7 12 0 40 2 2 2 1 0 79
7Jack Riewoldt 14 1 15 4 0 2 2 3 2 1 77
8Dylan Grimes 8 9 17 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 71
9Brandon Ellis 9 12 21 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 70
10Jason Castagna 4 6 10 1 0 1 1 8 1 1 64
11Shai Bolton 6 5 11 2 0 1 2 6 1 1 60
12Jayden Short 9 6 15 3 0 1 1 2 1 0 60
13Kane Lambert 10 4 14 2 0 1 0 2 1 1 60
14Nick Vlastuin 8 5 13 2 0 2 1 4 0 0 55
15David Astbury 10 3 13 4 0 3 0 0 0 0 51
16Nathan Broad 8 2 10 4 0 0 1 3 0 0 49
17Josh Caddy 8 4 12 4 0 0 2 1 1 1 49
18Daniel Rioli 6 5 11 4 0 1 0 1 0 0 45
19Jack Ross 8 3 11 3 0 2 1 1 0 1 43
20Jack Graham 9 2 11 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 39
21Mabior Chol 2 2 4 1 10 1 2 5 0 1 39
22Liam Baker 6 5 11 1 0 1 1 1 0 0 33

West Coast Eagles

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Elliot Yeo 17 9 26 5 0 1 0 8 0 0 117
2Shannon Hurn 20 4 24 10 0 0 0 2 0 1 107
3Andrew Gaff 20 9 29 5 0 2 1 3 0 0 104
4Luke Shuey 19 6 25 4 0 4 3 3 0 1 89
5Brad Sheppard 15 6 21 7 0 0 1 1 0 0 79
6Jeremy McGovern 14 1 15 8 0 2 3 4 0 0 77
7Tom Hickey 7 4 11 2 31 0 1 1 1 0 73
8Lewis Jetta 16 3 19 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 73
9Jamie Cripps 9 4 13 1 0 1 2 4 3 0 67
10Tom Barrass 8 6 14 5 0 2 1 4 0 0 66
11Josh Rotham 7 6 13 7 0 1 1 2 0 0 60
12Jackson Nelson 9 5 14 6 0 0 0 1 0 0 59
13Willie Rioli 8 4 12 1 0 1 0 2 2 1 57
14Jack Redden 9 8 17 1 0 1 1 3 0 0 56
15Jack Darling 7 2 9 3 4 2 3 3 2 0 55
16Liam Ryan 9 2 11 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 51
17Josh J. Kennedy 5 3 8 4 0 0 3 5 1 1 51
18Oscar Allen 5 4 9 2 1 3 0 1 1 0 43
19Dom Sheed 10 4 14 3 0 1 2 0 0 0 42
20Jake Waterman 6 2 8 2 0 0 1 0 1 0 31
21Jack Petruccelle 2 4 6 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 25
22Mark Hutchings 2 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 11

Team Lineups

West Coast Eagles

B

  • Brad Sheppard,
  • Tom Barrass,
  • Jackson Nelson

HB

  • Shannon Hurn,
  • Jeremy McGovern,
  • Lewis Jetta

C

  • Jake Waterman,
  • Luke Shuey,
  • Dom Sheed

HF

  • Willie Rioli,
  • Jack Darling,
  • Liam Ryan

F

  • Jamie Cripps,
  • Josh J. Kennedy,
  • Mark Hutchings

Fol

  • Tom Hickey,
  • Elliot Yeo,
  • Andrew Gaff

I/C

  • Jack Redden,
  • Oscar Allen,
  • Jack Petruccelle,
  • Josh Rotham

No Late Change

In

  • Josh Rotham

Out

  • Will Schofield (Managed)

Last updated: 4:27PM Sunday, August 18, 2019