Matthew Richardson previews Thursday night's Round 14 clash against West Coast at Metricon Stadium.
1. Get the ball to ground
West Coast are the number one marking team in the AFL, averaging 82 marks a game. It’s a strength that the Eagles have across all their lines, and their ability to maintain possession is elite. If Richmond want to get the pressure levels high, they’ll have to disrupt the Eagles aerially and get the ball to ground.
2. Old-fashioned eight-point game
Both teams will be fighting to stay in the hunt for a double chance, with the Eagles currently sitting in fourth place and Richmond in fifth. With only three games to follow, this becomes a crucial opportunity to seize a place in the ever-important top four.
3. Bolton brilliance
Shai Bolton’s emergence this season as an evasive goal-kicking, clearance specialist will have Richmond fans excited for the future. Bolton is reaching elite numbers, averaging two centre clearances, five inside 50s, six score involvements, 382 metres gained, and just under a goal a game.