Richmond is into its fourth successive preliminary final after getting past St Kilda at Metricon Stadium on Friday night.

The reigning champions exploded out of the blocks with a five-goal opening term and were never headed on their way to the 12.8 (80) to 6.13 (49) victory.

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Punt Road to Glory: Semi final

Richmond's road to premiership glory in 2020 will be re-lived through match reports and video highlights of each Tigers win during the season. Today we look at the semi final victory over St Kilda at Metricon Stadium.

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What looked like being a comfortable night for Richmond after a five-goal opening quarter blitz was anything but, as St Kilda fought until the death.

But the inaccuracy around goal that plagued the Saints the previous three seasons came back to bite them.

After succumbing to a hungry Brisbane outfit seven days earlier, Richmond got back to doing what it does best – pressuring, playing quickly and converting accurately around goal.

The best team of the past four seasons found some form and still has a chance to defend its premiership.

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SF: Dusty makes it look easy

Severe pressure in traffic no hassle for Dustin Martin

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With Tom Lynch back from a hamstring injury to straighten up their ball movement they looked like a totally different team.

Although he kicked poorly (2.5), Lynch's 17-disposal, six-mark game was a welcome sight for Tigers fans.

He might come under scrutiny from the Match Review Officer again though after a third quarter incident with Saints defender Dougal Howard.

Dustin Martin (25 disposals, six clearances and a goal), Shai Bolton (three goals from 11 touches) and Shane Edwards (21 and two goals) were all instrumental in the win.

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SF: 'We wanted to play a Richmond game' - Edwards

Shane Edwards chats to the media following the semi final win over St Kilda.

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Not usually reliant on their clearance prowess, the Tigers smashed St Kilda's midfield, winning nine centre clearances to three in the first half and giving their forwards plenty of opportunities.

Bolton was magnificent, turning two half chances into opening quarter goals, including one twisting and turning effort where he bought just enough time from a pressuring Jack Sinclair to snap from 50m and watch the ball take a kind bounce through.

It summed up the difference between the two teams.

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SF: Bolton's brilliant bag

Shai Bolton is the Carlton Draught Man of the Match after his heroics against St Kilda on Friday night

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After converting at less than 50 percent in front of goal from 2017-2019, St Kilda has been one of the most accurate teams in the competition this season, but it deserted them in their hour of need.

With Jake Carlisle with his partner awaiting the birth of his third child, the back six looked out of sorts at times, with too many players flying for marks and leaving the Richmond smalls to run unattended.

Jack Steele (25 disposals and a goal) completed a magnificent season, while Hunter Clark really gave his team a lift when moved into the midfield after half-time.



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RICHMOND 5.1 9.1 10.4 12.8 (80)
ST KILDA 2.2 3.6 5.11 6.13 (49)

Richmond: Bolton 3, Lynch 2, Edwards 2, Castagna, Martin, McIntosh, Prestia, Rioli
St Kilda: Battle, Butler, Kent, Ross, Savage, Steele

Richmond: Houli, Martin, Edwards, Bolton, Lynch, Baker
St Kilda: Steele, Clark, Ross, Coffield, Marshall

Richmond: Nil
St Kilda: Membrey (ankle)