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Match Preview: Round 17 v Richmond

Nathan Schmook, AFL.com.au  July 12, 2017 9:00 AM

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How Richmond responds to a shock 67-point loss to St Kilda will determine whether the result was an aberration or the start of a worrying run of form.

The Tigers fell 82 points behind in the opening half and let worrying trends creep into their game, with their pressure and structure, that coach Damien Hardwick will want to eradicate in Sunday's clash against the Brisbane Lions.

Chris Fagan's team, meanwhile, suffered its biggest loss of the season just six days after its best win under the new coach.

The young team was bullied by Geelong, but Dayne Zorko put in one of the performances of the season with 36 possessions and four goals. Whether he can be more effective than Dustin Martin will be one the key elements of this game.  

WHERE AND WHEN: Etihad Stadium, Sunday, July 16, 1.10pm AEST

LAST FIVE TIMES

R4, 2017, Richmond 17.17 (119) d Brisbane Lions 10.7 (67) at the Gabba
R14, 2016, Richmond 17.15 (117) d Brisbane Lions 11.9 (75) at the MCG
R3, 2015, Richmond 21.11 (137) d Brisbane Lions 8.10 (58) at the Gabba
R16, 2014, Richmond 12.7 (79) d Brisbane Lions 7.12 (54) at the MCG
R5, 2014, Richmond 15.16 (106) d Brisbane Lions 9.9 (63) at the Gabba 

THE FOUR POINTS

1. Richmond had its round four clash against the Lions wrapped up by half-time, leading by 42 points. The Lions had more disposals, laid more tackles and won the clearances. 

2. The Lions last defeated the Tigers in Round 7, 2009, by 26 points at the MCG.

3. Not in Richmond’s favour is its accuracy in front of goal this season. The Tigers rank No.17 with an accuracy of 43.6 per cent. The Lions rank equal fifth at 50.3 per cent.

4. Dayne Zorko has moved up into sixth place on the AFL Player Ratings, one spot behind Dustin Martin.  

IT'S A BIG WEEK FOR … Jarrod Berry. 

After being given a tagging role on Geelong star Joel Selwood last weekend, Jarrod Berry may be given the nod to stick with Dustin Martin this Sunday. Berry kept Selwood to just 24 disposals while collecting 18 touches of his own. Another week tagging one of the premier players in the competition can only be beneficial for Berry's development. 

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