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Opposition Watch: Round 17 v Richmond

Round 16 produced some surprising results, with St Kilda’s annihilation of our next opponent, the Richmond Tigers, one such result.

Richmond headed into the match sitting pretty in fourth spot on the ladder, while St Kilda were desperate for a big performance to keep their spot in the eight.

Things started well for the Saints with Nick Riewoldt taking a strong contested mark and scoring early.

In a sign of what was to come for Richmond, St Kilda produced 16 of the first 18 inside 50s and held a 24-point lead at the first break.

The second quarter was horrific for the Tigers, only scoring one point, while the Saints piled on 59 points. 

The game was well and truly over at half time, with the Tigers down by 82 points following their worst ever quarter against St Kilda.

St Kilda’s torrid pace slowed down in the second half and the Tigers were able to add some respectability back to the scoreboard.  

The score finished 21.12 (138) to 10.11 (71). 

Richmond Coach Damien Hardwick was understandably frustrated by the performance but was quick to pay credit to how good St Kilda were.

"They were outstanding. To be down (by) 30 in contested ball in the first half, the game was effectively over at half-time," Hardwick said.

"They were terrific around the contest and away from the contest, and we just couldn't match them in any facet of the game.

"It was incredibly disappointing. We set ourselves up for a big game, but they outplayed us in all areas tonight."

Richmond star Dustin Martin was kept to just 19 disposals, while Trent Cotchin, Alex Rance and Jack Riewoldt also all had quiet nights.

The loss dropped Richmond to sixth on the ladder, and they could drop out of the eight with another defeat on Sunday.

Injury List

Richmond sustained one injury in the loss to St Kilda, with defender Dylan Grimes leaving the field early with concussion after a late hit from Tim Membrey.

Grimes is set to undergo a fitness test later this week to ascertain whether he is right for Sunday.

Lions Health Centre: Injury List

Forwards Ben Griffiths and Ben Lennon are also facing fitness tests.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs