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Richmond vs Fremantle

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Round: 17   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sun, 21-07-2013 1:10 pm   Crowd: 40,125  
Richmond 3.3.214.6.309.9.6312.12.84 C:  Damien Hardwick
Fremantle 2.2.142.5.176.6.428.9.57 C:  Ross Lyon
  RICH by 7RICH by 13RICH by 21RICH by 27  
Weather
min temp  5.7°C      max temp  11.°C
rainfall  8.4mm    humidity  61%    air pressure  1010.9mb
wind speed 30km/h      wind direction  N
Brownlow Medal 3 Dustin Martin (RICH)2 Trent Cotchin (RICH)1 Alex Rance (RICH)

Match Report

Though it has been firmly entrenched in the top eight for much of season 2013, Richmond on Sunday gave the best indication yet that it is deserving of a place in this year's finals with a hard-fought win over top-four contenders Fremantle on Sunday at the MCG.

The Tigers kicked the first three goals of the match to jump away to an early lead and then withstood several fightbacks from the Dockers to record a highly meritorious 27-point win. A criticism of the club throughout this year has been the fact that it had not beaten any side other top-eight side, with the exception of eight-placed Port Adelaide, but this performance indicates that Richmond is capable of "mixing it with the big boys", at least during the home and away season.

More will be revealed in this regard over the coming fortnight, as Damien Hardwick's men face the challenge of last year's Grand Finalists Sydney and Hawthorn in consecutive weeks.

But on Sunday, the Tigers did all that could be asked of them. After kicking the initial three goals, they were subject to Ross Lyon's traditional lock-down tactics, and although this restricted Richmond to a lower than average score, the team was able to adapt to the defensive style of player and restrict the Dockers to just eight goals for the match.

The victory was set up Trent Cotchin (34 disposals and a goal), a fine defensive effort from Alex Rance (while picking up 30 touches) and Brandon Ellis (24 possessions). The Dockers, who it must be said were without Aaron Sandilands and skipper Matthew Pavlich, were well served by Tendai Mzungu (three goals, 21 touches) and Ryan Crowley, who did a fine job in containing Brett Deledio to just 15 touches.

Fremantle now finds itself a game plus considerable percentage away from the top four but, with a month of winnable games to come against Adelaide, Carlton, GWS and Melbourne, still has a strong prospect of securing a double chance.

MATCH FACT: Richmond's win represented the first occasion that Ross Lyon has coached a losing side against the Tigers.

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt 4; Deledio, White, Martin, King, S. Edwards, Vickery, Cotchin, Jackson
Fremantle: Mzungu 3; Mayne 2; Walters, Silvagni, de Boer

BEST - SPORTAL.COM.AU
Richmond: Rance, Cotchin, Martin, Chaplin, Jackson, Riewoldt, Ellis
Fremantle: Mzungu, Fyfe, Mundy, Crowley, Dawson, Johnson, Walters

BEST - AFL.COM.AU
Richmond: Cotchin, Rance, Ellis, Vlastuin, Jackson, S Edwards
Fremantle: Mzungu, Crowley, Dawson, Clarke, Johnson, Fyfe, Mundy

COACHES' COMMENTS
Damien Hardwick (Rich): We did things pretty well all day, albeit there were a few skill errors along the way. Through a skill error here and there we allowed them to get back into it. We said in the media that the side that made the least number of mental errors would win and we were fortunate enough to be that side today.

Ross Lyon (Frem): It was a frustrating day. The Tigers were pretty good. We slaughtered the ball a bit when we had some golden opportunities, particularly in the first half. They pantsed us around the stoppages. At the end of the day we were beaten in the midfield. Their weight of numbers and some dominant tap-out stuff put us on the back foot.

SUBSTITUTES
Richmond: Matt Arnot substituted out for Nathan Foley in the third quarter
Fremantle: Alex Silvagni substituted out for Cam Sutcliffe in the third quarter

UMPIRES: Donlon, McBurney, Stewart

Source

Match report by Andrew Gigacz

Footnotes

Video sourced from YouTube, courtesy of AFL Media.

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
44 Arnot, Matthew 6 2 3 9 0 1 0 2 2 0 19y 273d 3 1
25 Chaplin, Troy 9 6 6 15 0 0 0 2 1 0 27y 148d 155 11
30 Conca, Reece 7 6 9 16 0 0 0 2 0 1 20y 343d 45 10
9 Cotchin, Trent 26 6 8 34 1 0 0 6 2 0 23y 105d 101 59
3 Deledio, Brett 8 2 7 15 1 0 0 3 0 0 26y 94d 188 126
10 Edwards, Shane 12 5 8 20 1 1 0 3 0 0 24y 269d 125 76
5 Ellis, Brandon 15 8 9 24 0 0 0 2 0 0 19y 352d 35 9
41 Foley, Nathan 2 0 5 7 0 0 0 1 0 0 27y 316d 130 38
6 Grigg, Shaun 15 9 9 24 0 1 0 7 0 0 25y 93d 102 44
14 Houli, Bachar 11 6 9 20 0 0 0 1 0 0 25y 70d 84 21
23 Jackson, Daniel 18 4 4 22 1 0 0 8 4 3 27y 87d 139 50
28 King, Jake 6 2 6 12 1 2 0 3 1 3 29y 117d 102 74
20 Maric, Ivan 5 2 5 10 0 1 26 5 1 1 27y 198d 111 39
4 Martin, Dustin 24 7 6 30 1 4 0 1 0 2 22y 25d 79 85
38 Morris, Steven 2 1 6 8 0 0 0 3 2 3 24y 202d 36 4
1 Newman, Chris 11 9 9 20 0 0 0 3 0 2 31y 64d 229 38
13 Petterd, Ricky 13 5 9 22 0 0 0 1 0 0 24y 362d 61 55
18 Rance, Alex 15 16 15 30 0 0 0 5 3 0 23y 285d 82 7
8 Riewoldt, Jack 13 2 2 15 4 1 0 4 4 0 24y 263d 128 309
29 Vickery, Ty 7 7 8 15 1 0 9 2 2 0 23y 51d 69 66
31 Vlastuin, Nick 8 7 9 17 0 0 0 4 0 0 19y 93d 11 7
35 White, Matthew 10 2 7 17 1 0 1 0 0 0 26y 97d 100 50
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 243 114 159 402 12 12 36 68 22 15 24y 277d 2115 1179
Fremantle Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
21 Barlow, Michael 11 7 11 22 0 1 1 7 0 0 25y 215d 61 34
30 Clarke, Zac 4 5 9 13 0 0 25 4 1 2 23y 115d 45 22
15 Crowley, Ryan 4 3 2 6 0 0 0 2 0 0 29y 138d 155 104
3 Dawson, Zac 3 4 9 12 0 0 0 3 0 2 27y 149d 111 6
9 de Boer, Matt 5 4 9 14 1 1 0 2 0 0 23y 133d 92 36
41 Duffield, Paul 6 3 4 10 0 0 0 3 1 2 28y 166d 124 25
7 Fyfe, Nat 16 2 11 27 0 2 0 3 3 2 21y 306d 64 45
38 Hannath, Jack 6 5 4 10 0 0 2 1 1 1 22y 12d 10 5
32 Hill, Stephen 6 2 5 11 0 1 0 4 0 1 23y 81d 101 58
5 Ibbotson, Garrick 11 4 7 18 0 0 0 3 1 1 25y 128d 114 21
37 Johnson, Michael 11 5 10 21 0 0 0 2 1 0 28y 274d 165 58
23 Mayne, Chris 6 7 10 16 2 0 0 5 1 3 24y 261d 97 129
16 Mundy, David 14 4 10 24 0 0 1 8 0 2 28y 1d 178 71
13 Mzungu, Tendai 14 4 7 21 3 0 1 4 0 0 27y 143d 54 36
27 Neale, Lachie 9 4 12 21 0 1 0 1 1 0 20y 58d 14 5
46 Pearce, Clancee 10 6 3 13 0 1 0 6 1 1 22y 271d 66 31
6 Pearce, Danyle 12 6 8 20 0 1 0 1 0 0 27y 105d 170 83
11 Sheridan, Tommy 5 3 7 12 0 0 0 2 0 1 19y 266d 5 2
36 Silvagni, Alex 5 2 3 8 1 0 0 3 1 1 25y 295d 36 9
34 Spurr, Lee 12 8 7 19 0 0 0 4 0 1 25y 359d 28 0
33 Sutcliffe, Cam 5 4 3 8 0 0 0 3 0 0 21y 59d 15 7
10 Walters, Michael 13 8 7 20 1 0 0 2 3 1 22y 195d 34 64
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 188 100 158 346 8 9 30 73 15 21 24y 269d 1739 851

Footnotes

* Behinds calculated from the 1965 season on.
+ Score at the end of extra time.