It looms as a must-win clash for both Brisbane and Richmond as they prepare to battle at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.
This weekends match marks the start of a massive month ahead for the Lions, who will face the Tigers, Carlton, Saints and Melbourne in the last four weeks of the home and away season.
For Richmond, Sunday's clash could be their last chance to secure a coveted top eight spot after falling to 10th following their draw with Fremantle last week.
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Last Time We Met
Richmond wanted to play for Jack Riewoldt on Friday night in the champion forward's 300th game. But with his side staring down a fifth straight defeat, it was Riewoldt who lifted again for the Tigers.
The match, which was sent from the MCG to the Gold Coast on Thursday due to Victoria's worsening COVID-19 outbreak, was also pushed back 15 minutes as both teams encountered heavy traffic on their trip down from Brisbane on Friday afternoon.
Brisbane got away to an early lead before Richmond turned the tides, trailing by just one goal at half-time after a second quarter.
Riewoldt spearheaded his Tigers to a 16.10 (106) to 13.8 (86) win at Metricon Stadium.
Key Match Ups
Harris Andrews vs Tom Lynch
Richmond will get key forward Tom Lynch back from injury this week. The 29-year-old is averaging 2.8 goals a game this season and is kicking at 60.9% accuracy. Andrews is in just as impressive form, averaging 7.9 spoils and only 1.2 contested one-on-one losses a game. The two have traditionally always had spirited battles so expect nothing less this Sunday.
Charlie Cameron vs Dylan Grimes
It's one of the most talked about match-ups when Brisbane and Richmond are in conversation. History suggest Dylan Grimes has had the wood on Cameron but with the live wire small forward in blistering form, it's anyone's guess as to who holds the upper hand.
Charlie has kicked 42 goals (ave. 2.3) in 2022 and has added a hard-nosed defensive element to his game that has proved vital to the Lions forward-line pressure. Meanwhile, Grimes averages 7.6 pressure acts and 1.6 tackles a game.
It's a Big Week for...
After missing all of the 2021 season with an ACL injury, Cam Rayner is the first to know how difficult it is to return from a long stint on the sidelines. Speaking to the media earlier in the week, Rayner threw his support behind Hipwood, saying that those questioning the 24-year-olds form should have a harder think.
The rangy forward has kicked nine goals in 10 games as he regains continuity alongside fellow talls Joe Daniher and Dan McStay. Lions fans would love to see him get on the end of a few this weekend as he's proven to be a real game changer for Brisbane at his best.
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