Richmond was up for the fight against Port Adelaide on Sunday at Adelaide Oval but was overrun in the last quarter, going down by 31 points.

The two sides traded goals in the first three quarters before the Power surged in the final term, piling on five goals to finish 13.16 (94) to the Tigers' 8.15 (63).

The Power's victory over the Tigers sees them finish behind the second-placed Lions on percentage, and while the time and date of the 2v3 battle is yet to be determined, Brisbane will host.

The other qualifying final is also now locked in, with ladder leaders Collingwood to host fourth-placed Melbourne.


Richmond, led by the mercurial Dustin Martin, produced a spirited performance but will finish 13th.

Martin's equal game-high 33 disposals included seven inside 50s and a goal.

Teammate Shai Bolton scored two majors before leaving the field with a lower leg injury in the fourth quarter, while Thomson Dow (27 touches) and Jayden Short (26) were also prominent.

Port's young dynamic trio of Connor Rozee (33 disposals, one goal), Zak Butters (30) and Xavier Duursma (22 and one) were key in the Power winning the midfield battle

Dan Houston (27 disposals, nine marks and a goal) was influential off half-back, while Sam Powell-Pepper, Willie Rioli and Ollie Lord each chipped in with two goals.

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Port led by 6.7 to 5.11 at half time with the Tigers' goalkicking inaccuracy preventing the visitors from cashing in on their territorial advantage; they registered 34 to 21 inside 50s for the half.


Those roles reversed in the third term as Port scored a wayward 2.6 from 18 inside 50s and the Tigers added 2.2 from seven entries.

Neither team could score a goal in the final term until Port's Powell-Pepper struck in the 15th minute, rapidly followed by Evans' mid-air soccer for his third which effectively sealed victory.


PORT ADELAIDE     4.3    6.7       8.13    13.16 (94)
RICHMOND             3.4    5.11     7.13     8.15 (63)

Port Adelaide: Evans 3, Lord 2, Powell-Pepper 2, W. Rioli 2, Houston, Byrne-Jones, Duursma, Rozee
Richmond: Bolton 2, Graham, Bauer, Soldo, D.Rioli, Banks, Martin

Port Adelaide: Rozee, Butters, Duursma, Houston
Richmond: Martin, Short, Nankervis, Soldo

Port Adelaide: 
Richmond: M. Rioli jnr (hamstring), Bolton (TBC)

Port Adelaide: Dylan Williams replaced Sam Hayes in the third quarter
Richmond: Rhyan Mansell replaced Maurice Rioli jnr in the third quarter

Crowd: TBC at the Adelaide Oval