In a stark reminder of what they can produce under pressure, Richmond has pulled off a stunning comeback to defeat Greater Western Sydney 13.9 (87) to 12.11 (83) at Marvel Stadium on Saturday night.
For Richmond, it was a matter of where to use its most powerful weapon, Dustin Martin, with the superstar's ball-winning ability needed in the middle and his finish required in the goalsquare.
As it was, he managed to achieve both, picking up disposals all around the ground and kicking four goals, lifting his side from a third-quarter deficit of 28 points before Daniel Rioli kicked the match-winner with three minutes left in the final term.
GWS had led by as much as 28 points midway through the third term, driven by a four-goal second quarter from recruit Jesse Hogan and some stunning midfield work by the likes of Jacob Hopper, Taranto, Callan Ward, Tom Green and Lachie Whitfield.
Hogan's game-breaking 10-minute burst left the Tigers on the deck, but Martin broke the run of four straight Giants goals, and followed up with a second seven minutes later.
The Tigers only had one fewer inside 50 to the main break, but such was the Giants' efficiency and aerial dominance in attack, the hosts went into the changerooms 21 points in arrears.
The magnets were flicked around in the second half, with intercept defender Nick Vlastuin starting in the middle and Noah Balta back in his customary key defensive role after a run in the ruck and up forward.
Martin, Liam Baker and youngster Riley Collier-Dawkins were instrumental in dragging the Tigers back into the game, as the previously imperious GWS midfield faltered.
Superstar Martin's fourth goal, kicked just millimetres before the line, got the Tigers rolling in the fourth, before Rioli eventually took the lead.
Hopper (35 disposals and 11 clearances) was superb for the Giants, while ever-versatile Tiger Baker (33 and eight) shone with a rare stint in the midfield.
RICHMOND 3.0 6.2 10.5 13.9 (87)
GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY 4.3 9.5 10.8 12.11 (83)
Richmond: Martin 4, Aarts 2, Collier-Dawkins 2, Nankervis, Lynch, Castagna, Riewoldt, Rioli
Greater Western Sydney: Hogan 4, Ward, Kelly, Green, Greene, Hill, O'Halloran, Hopper, Lloyd
Richmond: Baker, Martin, Nankervis, Short, Collier-Dawkins, Naish
Greater Western Sydney: Hopper, Taranto, Hogan, Ward, Green, Taylor
Greater Western Sydney: Perryman (hamstring)
Richmond: Ross (unused)
Greater Western Sydney: Bruhn (replaced Perryman)
Crowd: 18,798 at Marvel Stadium