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Match Report

Tigers win fiesty clash over Lions

By Nathan Schmook, AFL.com.au Exclusive to lions.com.au July 16, 2017 3:11 PM

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The Richmond Tigers have defeated the Brisbane Lions by 31 points at Etihad Stadium.

The Tigers led from the opening minute until the final siren, but were only 11 points clear of the Lions halfway through the third quarter as a lack of discipline and killer-instinct took its toll.

When the shackles were released in the final term they kicked seven goals, but the Lions played the game out impressively with six of their own. 

Dustin Martin was unstoppable in the third quarter, winning 15 possessions and five clearances in that term alone and kicking one goal to continue his magnificent season.

Key forward Jack Riewoldt booted four goals, while small forwards Jason Castagna, Dan Butler and Daniel Rioli combined for six goals.

Captain Trent Cotchin battled hard with 28 possessions (15 contested), while Anthony Miles was called on for his third game this season and impressed with 24 possessions.

The Lions were led by classy youngster Alex Witherden, who produced the best performance of his debut season to finish with 28 possessions and four inside 50s, using the ball with precision.

The Lions wouldn't have lost any fans in a plucky performance, making it hard for the Tigers to get any momentum through the game but lacking the polish to punish their more experienced opponents.

"We were still in the game at three-quarter time … (and) the last quarter was six goals to seven, so our blokes kept fighting on, which I was really pleased about," Chris Fagan said. 

"We got smashed out of the centre bounces (20-4) – it was probably obvious for everyone to see – which got the game played in their half.

"I thought our defenders did a great job to defend that many inside-50s actually and keep them to 32 shots."

The Tigers had control of the match early on and kicked away to a 19-point lead at the first change.

After the club's worst loss of the season last week against St Kilda, Damien Hardwick made personnel and structural changes that were working well, but the Tigers seemed to get comfortable with their early lead and mistakes crept into their game.

"It was a little bit frustrating," Hardwick said.

"We played a pretty attacking style of footy at stages, but some of those errors we were committing across our half-forward line really hurt us on the scoreboard going the other way.

"We can get better in that area. It's probably an area we've been a little bit inconsistent with at various stages, so it'll certainly be an area we'll be looking to work on this week."

The Lions of 2017 are not the sort of team that you can afford to relax against, and they reminded the Tigers of that in a three-goal run in the second-quarter that cut the half-time margin to eight points.

Richmond is 4-11 in second quarters this season and Hardwick's men kicked 1.4 in a wasteful term that lacked the discipline and killer-instinct of a leading team.

A re-set was required at half-time and, after kicking 0.3 from the first five inside 50s of the third quarter, Riewoldt looked to spark the Tigers with some magic from the pocket.

The most engrossing battle of the quarter was taking place elsewhere in the forward line, however, as Martin isolated Nick Robertson in a niggly battle that eventually boiled over with Martin's strike.

MEDICAL ROOM

Richmond: Defender Dylan Grimes suffered a nose injury in the second half that required treatment but was able to play out the game. Likewise, big man Ivan Soldo landed on his face in the second half and went off with the blood rule before returning.

Brisbane Lions: The Lions got through the match unscathed.

NEXT UP

The Tigers host Greater Western Sydney at the MCG in a high stakes clash next Sunday that will put their top-four credentials to the test. The Lions are back at the Gabba to host Carlton in the Sunday twilight slot. 

RICHMOND                 4.4       5.8       9.13     16.16 (112)
BRISBANE LIONS        1.3       4.6       6.8       12.9 (81)

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Butler 3, Martin 2, Castagna 2, Edwards, Cotchin, Prestia, Rioli, B Ellis
Brisbane Lions: Keays 2, Schache 2, Hipwood 2, Cutler, Zorko, Bastinac, Mathieson, Walker, McCluggage

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Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Dustin Martin
    Dustin Martin
    40
  • Richmond
    Trent Cotchin
    28
  • Brisbane Lions
    Alex Witherden
    28
  • Richmond
    Brandon Ellis
    27
  • Richmond
    Anthony Miles
    24
Fantasy Leaders
  • Dustin Martin
    Dustin Martin
    131
  • Richmond
    Trent Cotchin
    114
  • Richmond
    Dan Butler
    98
  • Brisbane Lions
    Dayne Beams
    95
  • Richmond
    Brandon Ellis
    94
Scoring Leaders
  • Jack Riewoldt
    Jack Riewoldt
    4.4
  • Richmond
    Dan Butler
    3.0
  • Richmond
    Dustin Martin
    2.2
  • Brisbane Lions
    Eric Hipwood
    2.2
  • Richmond
    Jason Castagna
    2.1

Match Stats

  • 399 Disposals 332
  • 72.4 Disposal Eff 75.3
  • 143 Contested Pos 113
  • 90 Marks 103
  • 18 Free Kicks 22
  • 41 Clearances 26
  • 67 Inside 50s 39
  • 27 Rebound 50s 50
  • 54 Tackles 60
  • 35 Hit-outs 33
  • 90 Interchanges 87

Breakdown

  • 4.4 (28)
    1.3 (9)
  • 5.8 (38)
    4.6 (30)
  • 9.13 (67)
    6.8 (44)
  • 16.16 (112)
    12.9 (81)

Player Stats

Richmond

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dustin Martin 24 16 40 4 0 2 3 2 2 2 131
2Trent Cotchin 13 15 28 4 0 2 0 6 1 1 114
3Dan Butler 10 6 16 4 0 1 1 7 3 0 98
4Brandon Ellis 15 12 27 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 94
5Anthony Miles 10 14 24 8 0 1 2 4 0 0 93
6Jack Riewoldt 11 3 14 6 0 1 1 2 4 4 91
7Dion Prestia 14 5 19 2 0 1 0 4 1 1 82
8Nick Vlastuin 9 8 17 8 0 0 1 4 0 1 81
9Kane Lambert 8 14 22 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 74
10Toby Nankervis 5 13 18 4 14 0 2 2 0 0 69
11Shane Edwards 9 12 21 3 0 0 1 1 1 2 69
12David Astbury 10 5 15 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 68
13Jayden Short 17 2 19 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 67
14Ivan Soldo 4 4 8 2 21 1 0 4 0 0 64
15Josh Caddy 8 11 19 1 0 1 1 4 0 0 63
16Kamdyn McIntosh 10 5 15 6 0 0 1 1 0 1 60
17Shaun Grigg 6 15 21 1 0 2 0 1 0 0 57
18Nathan Broad 9 2 11 4 0 3 0 2 0 0 54
19Daniel Rioli 6 7 13 6 0 0 3 1 1 0 51
20Jason Castagna 6 4 10 2 0 1 0 1 2 1 50
21Alex Rance 5 8 13 3 0 2 3 1 0 0 37
22Dylan Grimes 3 6 9 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 26

Brisbane Lions

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Dayne Beams 11 10 21 7 0 1 0 5 0 0 95
2Lewis Taylor 15 9 24 4 0 2 0 4 0 0 93
3Alex Witherden 18 10 28 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 92
4Jarrod Berry 8 4 12 7 0 1 1 7 0 0 79
5Stefan Martin 5 7 12 2 28 2 1 4 0 0 78
6Ryan Bastinac 9 8 17 5 0 1 1 4 1 0 78
7Daniel Rich 12 7 19 5 0 2 0 2 0 0 75
8Daniel McStay 10 4 14 10 0 0 0 1 0 0 72
9Nick Robertson 11 5 16 7 0 0 3 4 0 0 71
10Tom Rockliff 11 3 14 6 0 0 1 4 0 0 70
11Tom Cutler 8 6 14 6 0 0 0 2 1 1 69
12Josh Schache 7 7 14 5 0 2 0 1 2 0 68
13Sam Mayes 11 8 19 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 65
14Rhys Mathieson 6 10 16 2 0 2 1 4 1 0 65
15Hugh McCluggage 8 6 14 4 0 1 0 2 1 1 64
16Ben Keays 8 4 12 4 0 1 3 4 2 0 64
17Josh Walker 8 3 11 7 5 0 0 0 1 0 62
18Harris Andrews 8 8 16 8 0 1 2 0 0 0 59
19Dayne Zorko 6 5 11 0 0 0 1 4 1 1 48
20Cedric Cox 7 5 12 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 45
21Ryan Lester 4 4 8 2 0 1 0 3 0 0 39
22Eric Hipwood 7 1 8 2 0 1 2 0 2 2 38

Team Lineups

Richmond

B

  • Jayden Short,
  • Alex Rance,
  • Dylan Grimes

HB

  • Brandon Ellis,
  • David Astbury,
  • Nick Vlastuin

C

  • Shane Edwards,
  • Trent Cotchin,
  • Shaun Grigg

HF

  • Kane Lambert,
  • Toby Nankervis,
  • Jason Castagna

F

  • Kamdyn McIntosh,
  • Jack Riewoldt,
  • Dan Butler

Fol

  • Ivan Soldo,
  • Dustin Martin,
  • Dion Prestia

I/C

  • Daniel Rioli,
  • Josh Caddy,
  • Anthony Miles,
  • Nathan Broad

No Late Change

In

  • Nick Vlastuin,
  • Ivan Soldo,
  • Anthony Miles,
  • Nathan Broad

Out

  • Taylor Hunt (Omitted),
  • Sam Lloyd (Omitted),
  • Connor Menadue (Omitted),
  • Tyson Stengle (Omitted)

Last updated: 4:06PM Sunday, July 16, 2017