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Fremantle vs Richmond 2020
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Last Time they met:
Sunday May 12 - Round 8, 2019
@Optus Stadium - Perth

The first half on Sunday evening was a microcosm of Richmond’s season.

The strong start. The stumbles. The injuries. Really, up until halftime, it was a perfect reflection of 2019 so far for Damien Hardwick’s side, as they were just ahead but looking a bit shaky.

But in the end, the rest of their 25-point win over Fremantle also reflects the rest of their season.


Despite early injuries to Jack Ross and most crucially ruckman Toby Nankervis, which saw Richmond play out the second half with two fit men on the bench, they were able to record an impressive win at Optus Stadium.

“It’s a huge win, this. It’s enormous,” Dermott Brereton said on Fox Footy.

While some may not believe in the Dockers, the numbers suggest Ross Lyon’s side is well in the mix for the finals in 2019.

Plus, the Tigers had won just two of their last seven games outside of Victoria before Sunday, and had never won at Optus Stadium.

When Nankervis went down in the first quarter, it seemingly left Richmond with an old problem - a severe lack of talls, as Jack Riewoldt remains on the sidelines due to injury.

But we’ve heard that story before. And Shaun Grigg is a premiership ruckman and Riewoldt sung with The Killers for a reason, after all.

With Nankervis down, even Nathan Broad rucked at centre bounces, with Noah Balta taking most of the work.

Meanwhile up forward it was the Tigers smalls who helped them shoot out to an early four-goal lead, with Shai Bolton kicking two of them.

Bolton finished with four majors, as every West Australian Tiger kicked at least one goal on the day - the others being Broad, Sydney Stack, Kamdyn McIntosh and Liam Baker.

It was a grand solution to solving the dour Dockers defence, which features one of the top tall options for the All-Australian side in Alex Pearce, and coming into Sunday was allowing goals from an AFL-low 16.8 per cent of opposition inside 50s.

The Tigers goaled from four of their first seven entries, and finished kicking 17 from 51 - a powerful rate of 33 per cent.

And we know a one-tall Richmond forward line can work. Despite copping a barrage of criticism in recent days, having kicked one goal in three weeks (following 16 in the opening four), Tom Lynch was back and firing against Fremantle.

He finished with 15 disposals and two goals, as the Tigers kicked 10 of the first 14 goals of the second half to run away with the win.

“I was convinced they were going to get run over,” Dermott Brereton said on Fox Footy. “(But) this is an heroic win by the Tigers, and on the road, too.”

Fellow commentator Matthew Pavlich joked that it was a classic kids footy “team effort” sort of summary, but it’s true - Bolton’s four goals aside, few Tigers stood out. It was more about how all of them stood up.



Fremantle's Last Game
Fremantle vs Greater Western Sydney
@Optus Stadium

Coming Soon!

Richmond's Last Game
Richmond vs West Coast
Metricon Stadium


IF YOU needed any convincing Richmond is primed for back-to-back premierships, this was it.

The Tigers entered Thursday night's clash with the red-hot West Coast with a point to prove and it was emphatic: a 27-point win in a high-scoring show of strength.

In doing so the Tigers ended the Eagles' eight-game winning streak and picked up an edge ahead of a potential finals match-up later this season.

The 14.3 (87) to 9.7 (61) win was built in the third term when the Tigers piled on six goals to extend their lead from six points at half-time to 14 at the final change.

The Eagles continued to challenge, but without injured star Josh Kennedy (concussion) from early in the game, West Coast was unable to ever take control. In a heavyweight battle, the Eagles hung on but never landed any punches of their own.

Richmond's depth was again on show as the Tigers continue to revitalise their group on the run ahead of another finals series.


Without premiership stars Dion Prestia, Shane Edwards and David Astbury, and then losing Dylan Grimes to a hamstring strain, the Tigers were lifted by the likes of Jack Graham (16 disposals and a goal), Jason Castagna (16) and first-gamer Thomson Dow (12) also impressed.

Trent Cotchin (26 disposals) was excellent in the midfield battle, while Ivan Soldo and Toby Nankervis won the ruck battle against Nic Naitanui.

West Coast, perhaps due a down game after a brilliant run of form, will be hoping it can quickly recapture its mojo having now lost four of its six games in Queensland this year.


Kennedy's nasty blow
Josh Kennedy was on the receiving end of Noah Balta's youthful exuberance and athleticism when Balta's knee cannoned into Kennedy's head in the first quarter in a wild marking attempt. Kennedy took his free kick and played on, but shortly after left the field groggily with the help of trainers with concussion symptoms. The champion goalkicker was ruled out of the rest of the game. The Eagles remained in touching distance without their star forward, with Jack Darling booting three goals, including the 400th of his career, and Liam Ryan also kicking three. First-gamer Bailey Williams competed well and showed his exciting traits at stages.

Martin's moment of magic
There aren't many better kicks for goal from the boundary line than Dustin Martin and he proved that again on Thursday night. After a messy kick inside 50 in the third term that was spoiled by the Eagles, the Tigers kept on pressing and pushed forward until West Coast defender Jarrod Brander kicked out on the full. Pinned up against the fence, Martin never looked fussed, calmly and comfortably slotting a clever checkside goal without any sense of fuss or trouble. Martin was busy again against the Eagles as he fires up for another tilt at a big finals series.

The Lynch mob
West Coast fans have obviously been paying close attention to Tom Lynch's recent run-ins with the AFL rules. After his two striking fines in round 12, Lynch this week was sent to the AFL Tribunal for a strike against Michael Hurley, but was cleared to face the Eagles. Their fans at Metricon Stadium made it clear they weren't pleased with that decision. Lynch had the first set shot at goal in the opening minutes and was greeted by loud boos around the ground. His long kick sailed through in an impressive start, and he kicked another in the second term. Lynch finished with three goals in an efficient outing spearheading Richmond's attack.


RICHMOND 1.1 5.2 11.2 14.4 (88)
WEST COAST
1.0 4.2 8.6 9.7 (61)

GOALS
Richmond:
Lynch 3, Martin 2, Aarts, Balta, Bolton, Castagna, Graham, Nankervis, Riewoldt, Rioli, Soldo
West Coast: Darling 3, Ryan 3, Cripps, Kelly, Naitanui

BEST
Richmond:
Cotchin, Houli, Balta, Martin, Castagna, Bolton
West Coast: Kelly, Gaff, Ryan, Darling, Shuey, Sheed

INJURIES
Richmond:
Grimes (hamstring)
West Coast: Kennedy (concussion)

Fremantle vs Richmond
Wednesday 2 September 2020 • 5:10 PM (AWST)
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Teams

Fremantle:
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Richmond:
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Preview
Quarter 1:
  • Behind - Richmond - Rushed Behind
  • Goal - Fremantle - Matthew Taberner
  • Goal - Fremantle - Nat Fyfe
  • Goal - Richmond - Dustin Martin
  • Goal - Richmond - Shai Bolton
  • Behind - Fremantle - Rushed Behind
Scores:

Fremantle: 2,1 = 13
Richmond: 2,1 = 13

Quarter 2:
  • Goal - Fremantle - Micheal Fredericks
  • Goal - Fremantle - Rory Lobb
  • Goal - Richmond - Tom Lynch
  • Goal - Fremantle - Liam Henry
  • Behind - Fremantle - Rushed Behind
  • Behind - Richmond - Rushed Behind
Scores:

Fremantle:3,1 = 19
Richmond:2,1 = 13

Quarter 3:
  • Behind - Richmond - Rushed Behind
  • Goal - Fremantle - Lachie Shultz
  • Goal - Fremantle - Micheal Walters
  • Goal - Fremantle - Micheal Walters
  • Goal - Richmond - Jack Riewoldt
  • Behind - Fremantle - Rushed Behind
Scores:
Fremantle:3,1 = 19
Richmond:1,1 = 7

Quarter 4:
  • Goal - Fremantle - Liam Henry
  • Goal - Fremantle - Micheal Walters
  • Behind - Richmond - Rushed Behind
  • Goal - Richmond - Dustin Martin
  • Goal - Richmond - Tom Lynch
  • Goal - Richmond - Jack Riewoldt
  • Goal - Richmond - Kane Lambert
  • Goal - Richmond - Jake Aarts
Scores:
Fremantle: 2 = 12
Richmond: 5, 1 = 31

Final Scores:

Fremantle: 10, 3 = 63

Richmond: 9, 4 = 58


Goals:

Fremantle: Micheal Walters 3, Liam Henry 2, Nat Fyfe, Rory Lobb, Matthew Taberner, Micheal Fredericks, Lachie Shultz

Richmond: Dustin Martin 2, Jack Riewoldt 2, Tom Lynch 2, Jake Aarts, Kane Lambert, Shai Bolton

Best:

Fremantle: Micheal Walters, Nat Fyfe, Andrew Brashaw, Caleb Serong, Adam Cerra

Richmond: Trent Cochin, Dustin Martin, Jack Graham, Jason Castagna, Liam Baker

Next Up:
Next up, Fremantle face Melbourne cazaly's Stadium in Cairns, while Richmond have a bye and then face Geelong in a thriller Metricon Stadium.


Match Preview - AFL.com.au / Sportsbet


Actual Game Score Timeline
Quarter 1:
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Actual Goals and Best
Goals:

Fremantle: ...

Richmond: ...

Best:

Fremantle: ...

Richmond: ...


Game Report:
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Bicco

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I'm just in the mindset where I want t see all of those guys who can't get a game, get one. North, Valente, Dixon etc come one down. Throw in the old-school 'you're playing for your career' and see what happens. We're not doing anything this season from here so I'd love the last 3 games to be the young periphery squad members throwing everything at getting a spot next year, or impressing someone from another club. Just have at it. The results are a fore gone conclusion so it's not like we're thinking we're in with a chance for the flag.
Have some fun. Live a little.
 

RonnieRaven

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Against tall timber our makeshift defence gets found out.
Playing the best tall fwd duo in the league.
Coupled with cross country flight, four day break and at least 6 best 22 players missing against the reigning premiers anything under a 7 goal loss will be a win in my book!
Go the Anchors !!
 

FreoStillNil

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Will be good to bring in a lot of the young guys to have a run.
Agree with this. Throw them in there against an experienced, premiership side. Show them what it takes to get to the highest level.

Expecting a loss, but also hope a for a big learning experience that will help in future.
 

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Mesc

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Like i said against GWS. Win or lose this will be valuable experience for our youngsters . Super quality opposition. Win/win.

Not much of a flogging, Freo by 8 ;)
 

Joao

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Bit harsh playing last yrs grand finalists in 4 days and a cross country flight to top it off. We will get pumped
Agree. Would have been nice to play them with a roughly even playing field just to get a sense of how far off we are. Going to look parsecs away I suspect.

I feel sorry for Hogan actually, might get a similar lack of service like he did in the scratch matches.
 

Fat Nyfe

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Thing is if you remove last weeks performance as an outlier and all the travel/break factors, the team we're putting out could well stretch Richmond. If they have a bit of an off day which every hub team has had this year, we could cause an upset. Nearly everything would have to go right though and Cox and Ryan will need to play blinders.

I reckon we'll see early on in the first which team is switched on, if we are it could be a close one. But more likely we'll be a bit sluggish so will tip Tiges by 40
 

Tbonefreo

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Agree. Would have been nice to play them with a roughly even playing field just to get a sense of how far off we are. Going to look parsecs away I suspect.

I feel sorry for Hogan actually, might get a similar lack of service like he did in the scratch matches.
If Hogan has a stinker and gets dropped, I doubt he will he will be at freo next year
 

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