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Richmond vs Melbourne

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Round: 5   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Mon, 24-04-2017 7:25 pm   Crowd: 85,657  
Richmond 3.1.196.6.427.11.5312.16.88 C:  Damien Hardwick
Melbourne 3.4.227.6.4811.7.7311.9.75 C:  Simon Goodwin
  MELB by 3MELB by 6MELB by 20RICH by 13  
Weather
min temp  15.9°C      max temp  24.7°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  69%    air pressure  1013.5mb
wind speed 6km/h      wind direction  NNE
Brownlow Medal 3 Jack Riewoldt (RICH)2 Toby Nankervis (RICH)1 Dustin Martin (RICH)

Match Report

Richmond's best start to a season since 1995 continued on Monday night, with the Tigers coming from behind to defeat an injury-hit Melbourne side at the MCG. The Demons lost ruckman Jake Spencer to a shoulder injury in the first half but had a strong third term to take a 20-point lead into the last break. But Richmond rallied in the last term, and led by Jack Riewoldt kicked five goals to nil to win by 13 points, giving it its first 5-0 start to a season since 1995.

The match was played in front of a huge crowd of 85, 657 - the largest home-and-away crowd for a Melbourne match since 1964, and the largest for a Tigers game since 2009. Such a crowd will guarantee this as an ANZAC Eve fixture for some years to come. 

Melbourne dominated the early minutes of the match, but it squandered opportunities with Jack Viney and Tim Smith missing shots, and a rushed behind seeing the Demons leading 0.3 to 0.0 after four minutes. Jack Riewoldt then set the scene for a great personal match with a beautiful left-foot snap sailing through the uprights, and then a right-foot snap from the opposite pocket doing the same to set up a nine-point lead for Richmond. The Demons worked their way into the match thereafter, and goals to Tom McDonald and Jesse Hogan had them ahead by three points going into time on. Jason Castagna restored Richmond's lead with a mark and goal but a long bomb from Jack Watts had Melbourne back in front by three points at quarter time. 

Jack Riewoldt's fine match continued at the beginning of the second quarter, with another great snapped goal at the five-minute mark putting Richmond back in front. The game took an abrupt turn after that, however, as Christian Petracca, Hogan and Christian Salem all kicking goals over the next 10 minutes to give Melbourne a 16-point lead. The momentum then swung back in Richmond's favour, adding 1.3 to cut the margin to seven points. Each side other a further goal before the half-time siren and the Demons went into the long break leading by an even goal. 

As well as having lost Spencer in the first half, the Demons also started the third quarter without Tim Smith, who had taken a knock to the ribs in the second term. With Melbourne down to two on the bench, the game was ripe for the Tigers' taking but it was the Demons who grabbed control, and goals to Jeff Garlett and Jayden Hunt saw them jump to a 19-point lead. Riewoldt kept Richmond within touch with his fourth goal at the 18-minute mark, but two further goals from Garlett and Hogan had Melbourne's lead out to a dangerous 23 points. The Tigers attacked strongly in the final minutes, but shots from Jayden Short, Dion Prestia and Shaun Grigg all missed, and it was the Demons by 20 at the final break. 

Melbourne had done well with two players out of action in the third quarter but the Tigers came out fighting in the final term, and it was Riewoldt who sparked them, kicking his fifth after a mark at the four-minute mark. Richmond had regained the momentum, and the next 10 minutes saw Daniel Rioli and Dustin Martin kick majors to cut the margin to just one point. The Demons tried valiantly to hold on over the next 10 minutes, the two sides trading in behinds but that man Riewoldt again came to the fore at the 24-minute mark, marking and kicking a beautiful long goal from a very acute angle to put the Tigers six points ahead. Kane Lambert added a behind to make the lead seven and then Josh Caddy put a full stop on an impressive win with a goal at the 29-minute mark.

Riewoldt was probably Richmond's best, but Toby Nankervis (56 hitouts, seven tackles) was not far behind. For the Demons, Clayton Oliver (32 disposals, seven tackles) played another fine game.

The Tigers will face there biggest test of the season so far at the Adelaide Oval next Sunday, when they take on the Crows, who also have a 5-0 record. Melbourne will look to bounce back with a win against Essendon at Docklands on the same day, but without their two main ruckman, Max Gawn and Jake Spencer, it will be no easy task. 

GOALS
Richmond:
Riewoldt 6; Castagna, Butler, Grigg, Rioli, Martin, Astbury
Melbourne: Hogan 3; Garlett 2; McDonald, Watts, Petracca, Salem, Hibberd, Hunt

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Richmond:
Riewoldt, Nankervis, Martin, Houli, Grigg, Caddy, Cotchin
Melbourne: Oliver, Hibberd, Hunt, N Jones, Frost, Petracca

BEST - THE AGE
Richmond:
Riewoldt, Nankervis, Martin, Rance, Caddy, Ellis, Rioli, Grigg
Melbourne: Oliver, Hunt, Hibberd, Frost, Watts, Viney, Tyson, N Jones, Salem

INJURIES
Richmond
: Nil
Melbourne: Petracca (left knee), Spencer (right shoulder/right knee), Smith (ribs), Viney (right knee)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Fisher, Stevic 

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Basil Zempilas, Luke Darcy, Cameron Ling, Luke Hodge, Daisy Pearce

Source

Match Report by Andrew Gigacz

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 5 2 6 11 0 0 0 0 3 2 26y 57d 65 8
40 Butler, Dan 8 2 4 12 1 0 0 6 0 2 20y 325d 5 7
22 Caddy, Josh 11 2 10 21 1 0 0 5 2 1 24y 208d 100 80
46 Castagna, Jason 6 5 5 11 1 1 0 4 0 1 20y 286d 10 10
30 Conca, Reece 10 1 5 15 0 0 0 3 1 0 24y 255d 85 21
9 Cotchin, Trent 15 3 4 19 0 0 0 7 3 1 27y 17d 178 105
5 Ellis, Brandon 10 3 10 20 0 0 0 1 1 1 23y 264d 115 40
43 Elton, Todd 3 2 4 7 0 0 2 2 0 0 23y 360d 7 1
6 Grigg, Shaun 14 5 6 20 1 1 1 7 1 2 29y 5d 172 83
2 Grimes, Dylan 3 0 3 6 0 0 0 7 0 1 25y 282d 84 3
14 Houli, Bachar 14 3 10 24 0 0 0 6 0 2 28y 347d 154 35
23 Lambert, Kane 10 2 10 20 0 2 0 7 2 0 25y 149d 32 16
31 Markov, Oleg 2 2 6 8 0 0 0 1 0 2 20y 351d 9 1
4 Martin, Dustin 22 2 10 32 1 2 0 6 1 0 25y 302d 158 159
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 7 3 2 9 0 0 0 4 0 0 23y 21d 33 8
37 Menadue, Connor 6 1 5 11 0 0 0 4 2 0 20y 217d 21 8
25 Nankervis, Toby 13 1 3 16 0 0 56 7 2 1 22y 255d 17 6
3 Prestia, Dion 9 0 11 20 0 1 0 2 0 1 24y 194d 100 31
18 Rance, Alex 6 4 5 11 0 0 0 2 2 2 27y 197d 155 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 10 3 2 12 6 2 1 1 1 1 28y 175d 207 497
17 Rioli, Daniel 7 3 4 11 1 2 0 4 1 1 20y 8d 23 21
15 Short, Jayden 7 2 3 10 0 1 0 2 1 0 21y 90d 20 6
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 198 51 128 326 12 16 60 88 23 21 24y 132d 1750 1154
Melbourne Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
17 Frost, Sam 8 1 4 12 0 0 3 7 1 0 23y 239d 42 7
36 Garlett, Jeff 9 2 1 10 2 0 0 3 0 1 27y 264d 151 264
43 Harmes, James 10 2 8 18 0 0 0 8 2 2 21y 201d 31 18
14 Hibberd, Michael 18 6 9 27 1 0 0 0 1 0 27y 111d 85 12
1 Hogan, Jesse 8 1 3 11 3 0 0 1 2 2 22y 71d 44 91
29 Hunt, Jayden 17 4 7 24 1 0 0 4 3 0 22y 21d 24 5
39 Jetta, Neville 4 0 8 12 0 0 0 2 1 0 27y 71d 99 23
2 Jones, Nathan 7 1 17 24 0 0 0 5 2 2 29y 94d 228 108
24 Kennedy Harris, Jay 7 5 4 11 0 0 0 7 1 1 22y 34d 23 11
25 McDonald, Tom 11 2 9 20 1 0 0 1 0 1 24y 218d 109 9
18 Melksham, Jake 11 3 6 17 0 0 0 0 1 0 25y 238d 119 57
30 Neal-Bullen, Alex 10 1 11 21 0 0 0 9 0 0 21y 105d 20 11
13 Oliver, Clayton 8 3 24 32 0 0 0 7 1 5 19y 276d 18 6
5 Petracca, Christian 7 3 7 14 1 0 0 1 1 2 21y 110d 22 19
3 Salem, Christian 9 3 8 17 1 0 0 4 0 0 21y 283d 35 11
38 Smith, Tim 2 0 2 4 0 1 0 3 1 0 26y 63d 2 1
33 Spencer, Jake 1 0 3 4 0 0 13 2 1 1 27y 197d 38 8
15 Stretch, Billy 9 4 10 19 0 1 0 3 1 0 20y 228d 32 7
12 Tyson, Dom 9 4 15 24 0 0 0 3 1 3 23y 320d 75 38
23 Vince, Bernie 18 2 4 22 0 0 0 2 0 1 31y 204d 197 111
7 Viney, Jack 7 2 16 23 0 1 0 6 0 2 23y 11d 75 20
4 Watts, Jack 9 4 9 18 1 0 11 1 1 0 26y 29d 142 129
  Rushed   6  
  Totals 199 53 185 384 11 9 27 79 21 23 24y 137d 1611 966

Footnotes

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