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Richmond vs Carlton

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Round: 14   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sun, 25-06-2017 3:20 pm   Crowd: 64,448  
Richmond 3.3.215.10.407.13.5511.18.84 C:  Damien Hardwick
Carlton 4.1.254.2.266.6.428.10.58 C:  Brendon Bolton
  CARL by 4RICH by 14RICH by 13RICH by 26  
Weather
min temp  8.6°C      max temp  14.3°C
rainfall  0mm    humidity  56%    air pressure  1014.8mb
wind speed 17km/h      wind direction  NNW
Brownlow Medal 3 Patrick Cripps (CARL)2 Alex Rance (RICH)1 Dustin Martin (RICH)

Match Report


Regardless of ladder position, a clash between these traditional rivals is always eagerly anticipated by both sets of supporters and usually hotly contested, and Sunday afternoon’s match was no exception. It was a game that never reached great heights from a purist’s point of view, indeed, as Tiger legend Matthew Richardson noted on 3AW radio, it was “a good game if you like grinding games…I don't”.

Nonetheless, it was a match in the balance for most of the day, before Richmond, which had had the upper hand throughout, pulled away late in the fourth quarter to post a solid 26-point win. Given the number of losses the Tigers have managed to claw from the jaws of victory this season, they’ll take a win no matter how it comes.

Richmond started the game as firm favourites, clinging on to sixth spot, but having won their previous six encounters against the Blues, while the latter was fifteenth, and despite an impressive away win against the Gold Coast last round, are clearly in the rebuilding phase this year.

Thirteen minutes into the game and the Blues were looking good, with two goals to two Matthews—in-form ruckman Kreuzer, and goalsneak, Wright—with the Tigers unable to get into any sort of rhythm. Then came an incident that certainly left the Carlton rotation system off-balance for the duration, a back-swinging elbow on Jed Lamb from the otherwise fair-minded Bachar Houli, that resulted in his being reported and Lamb being sidelined for the rest of the match. To add insult to injury for the Blues, improved Tiger utility Jason Castagna received a free just a minute later and posted his team’s first goal, and backed it up with a second after playing on from a strong mark.

Carlton quickly regained the ascendancy through a free and goal from Levi Casboult followed by a snap by Dale Thomas, and although a characteristic running goal from Brendan Ellis pegged the deficit back to just four points at the first change, the Blues were clearly the better team. While Richmond had ten more inside fifties, poor disposal and general inefficiency marred their play. Carlton, with Kreuzer dominating, had good reason to feel satisfied with their efforts.

The second quarter was anything but pretty, as ‘the grinding’ became even grittier. Just watching the game was hard work, as both sides squandered chances, fumbled, and were unable to gain any momentum. In the end, it was the Tigers, dominating the inside 50 count, that through force of will and a little bit of extra talent, were able to squeeze out two goals and seven behinds to Carlton’s solitary point to lead by 14 points at the long break. Richmond majors came from Jack Riewoldt at the three-minute mark, and Kane Lambert at 20.

Play resumed in the third quarter in a more open style, to the relief of fans, but again it was a term full of frustrations as neither team was able to grab the game by the scruff of the neck and make a statement. An early goal to Kreuzer gave hope to Blues fans, but the lack of forward firepower continued to let them the team down, as did a generally stagnate style of play. Richmond, on the other hand, had a lot more running options up forward, but continued failure to capitalise left fans unsatisfied. Nonetheless, the forward pressure that has been the Tigers’ hallmark this season was in evidence, as proven by the ability of the smalls to keep the ball locked inside their forward fifty. That pressure finally paid off at the nine-minute mark when the new ‘crumbing king’, Shai Bolton snapped truly.

The next goal came via a strong overhead mark on the behind post by Martin—just the man Tiger fans were looking for to bust open the game—who then handballed to Riewoldt for a satisfying ‘joe the goose’ goal. A late goal from the powerful marking Casboult gave the Blues a sniff into the final quarter but one sensed that it was the Tigers game to loose, notwithstanding the tight 13-point margin.

After several Carlton behinds early, the Richmond forwards finally got their kicking boots on, first Dan Butler, and then Riewoldt, kicking truly from set shots to steady the ship. With Martin lining up for another, a rash decision to short pass led directly to a turnover and a Charlie Curnow goal at the other end, black and yellow nerves were beginning to jitter, but Carlton simply didn’t have the wherewithal to mount the type of serious late challenge that has unhinged the Tigers this season.

A second goal to Butler was followed by a reply from Cripps, but from then on the momentum was Richmond's, although it took them until late in the quarter to ice the game, at least to their fans’ satisfaction, when Toby Nankervis slotted his first major.

There were no standouts as far as individual performance was concerned, but Martin and Rance were clearly the Tigers' best, with honourable mentions to Houli, Lambert, and Grigg. On the Blue side, Kreuzer was strong all day, as were Cripps and Docherty.

Tiger coach Damian Hardwick summed it up from his team’s perspective: "It was a frustrating game, there's no doubt. What did we have? Nearly 30 scoring shots and just couldn’t quite get the scoreboard reward I thought we deserved. We've played better games but lost, if that makes sense, so it was good to bank the four points and move on," he said.

"They're really hard to play against with that amount of numbers back, so it was a frustrating game, but credit where credit's due, I thought our boys fought their way through it, thought their way through it and we get the four points, so that's a good result. They've been in some pretty good form."

As for Carlton coach Brendan Bolton: "I've said a lot that we want to be defined by pressure and consistency and I thought we were very patchy in both of those areas today. Our defensive transition needed to improve and probably in and around the contest there were far too many broken tackles," he said.

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt 3; Butler, Castagna 2; Ellis, Lambert, Bolton, Nankervis
Carlton: Casboult, Kreuzer 2; Wright, Thomas, C.Curnow, Cripps

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Richmond: Rance, Houli, Martin, Lambert, Castagna, Riewoldt
Carlton: Kreuzer, Cripps, Docherty, Gibbs, Casboult, Jones

BEST - THE AGE
Richmond: Martin, Lambert, Rance, Grigg, Ellis, Houli
Carlton: Cripps, Gibbs, Kreuzer, Simpson, Docherty, Thomas

INJURIES
Richmond: Nil
Carlton: Lamb (concussion), Ed Curnow (knee), Plowman (calf)

REPORTS: Houli (Richmond) for striking Lamb (Carlton) in the first quarter.

UMPIRES: Stevic, Williamson, McInerney

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Brian Taylor, Hamish McLachlan, Leigh Matthews, Jimmy Bartel

Source

Match Report by Adam Cardosi

Match stats

Richmond Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Astbury, David 7 6 8 15 0 0 0 2 0 1 26y 119d 73 8
29 Bolton, Shai 4 0 0 4 1 0 0 3 1 1 18y 199d 5 3
40 Butler, Dan 4 2 4 8 2 0 0 7 1 2 21y 22d 11 13
22 Caddy, Josh 8 3 14 22 0 1 2 3 0 2 24y 270d 107 85
46 Castagna, Jason 7 4 3 10 2 2 0 4 2 0 20y 348d 18 17
9 Cotchin, Trent 11 6 6 17 0 1 0 2 1 1 27y 79d 186 110
10 Edwards, Shane 5 3 8 13 0 1 0 1 0 0 28y 243d 195 135
5 Ellis, Brandon 13 6 10 23 1 0 0 2 1 1 23y 326d 123 44
6 Grigg, Shaun 11 12 15 26 0 1 0 4 1 1 29y 67d 180 86
2 Grimes, Dylan 5 3 8 13 0 0 0 3 1 1 25y 344d 92 3
14 Houli, Bachar 10 9 18 28 0 1 0 5 1 1 29y 44d 162 35
23 Lambert, Kane 12 6 14 26 1 2 0 6 0 0 25y 211d 40 21
27 Lloyd, Sam 15 5 6 21 0 0 0 5 2 2 27y 114d 48 62
4 Martin, Dustin 18 6 12 30 0 1 0 1 1 2 25y 364d 166 168
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 10 2 3 13 0 0 0 1 1 0 23y 83d 41 8
37 Menadue, Connor 10 3 7 17 0 0 0 3 0 0 20y 279d 26 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 4 0 5 9 1 0 23 2 2 0 22y 317d 24 8
3 Prestia, Dion 7 2 10 17 0 1 0 3 0 2 24y 256d 106 31
18 Rance, Alex 8 3 9 17 0 0 0 4 6 0 27y 259d 163 8
8 Riewoldt, Jack 11 9 2 13 3 1 0 0 1 2 28y 237d 215 517
17 Rioli, Daniel 5 3 4 9 0 2 0 1 1 1 20y 70d 31 25
15 Short, Jayden 8 3 9 17 0 0 0 0 0 1 21y 152d 28 7
  Rushed   4  
  Totals 193 96 175 368 11 18 25 62 23 21 24y 266d 2040 1404
Carlton Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
12 Boekhorst, Blaine 4 2 6 10 0 0 0 3 2 0 23y 296d 20 9
41 Casboult, Levi 6 7 3 9 2 1 6 0 1 2 27y 102d 85 91
9 Cripps, Patrick 13 5 14 27 1 1 0 8 3 5 22y 99d 57 22
30 Curnow, Charlie 10 9 6 16 1 0 0 1 0 0 20y 142d 18 12
35 Curnow, Ed 7 3 8 15 0 0 0 2 0 0 27y 230d 122 22
15 Docherty, Sam 21 11 7 28 0 0 0 4 0 0 23y 251d 83 14
4 Gibbs, Bryce 15 5 15 30 0 2 0 3 0 0 28y 102d 222 131
32 Graham, Nick 13 6 7 20 0 0 0 4 0 2 23y 13d 34 8
14 Jones, Liam 7 3 1 8 0 0 0 3 3 1 26y 121d 86 84
8 Kreuzer, Matthew 11 4 3 14 2 2 37 1 1 2 28y 43d 152 80
13 Lamb, Jed 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 24y 249d 40 32
22 Marchbank, Caleb 10 5 1 11 0 0 0 3 2 1 20y 200d 20 0
3 Murphy, Marc 11 7 15 26 0 0 0 2 1 1 29y 341d 227 164
5 Petrevski-Seton, Sam 3 3 1 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 19y 126d 12 6
33 Pickett, Jarrod 2 2 4 6 0 0 0 2 1 1 20y 311d 6 2
20 Plowman, Lachie 2 1 9 11 0 0 0 1 1 2 22y 287d 52 1
1 Silvagni, Jack 7 1 2 9 0 1 0 1 1 1 19y 190d 20 18
6 Simpson, Kade 15 6 7 22 0 1 0 2 0 1 33y 51d 277 130
16 Smedts, Billie 4 2 4 8 0 0 0 2 1 2 25y 17d 43 20
39 Thomas, Dale 13 7 8 21 1 0 0 1 2 2 30y 4d 210 147
23 Weitering, Jacob 8 6 9 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 19y 214d 33 9
46 Wright, Matthew 12 8 4 16 1 1 0 1 1 0 27y 193d 129 102
  Rushed   1  
  Totals 194 103 134 328 8 10 43 48 21 23 24y 262d 1948 1104

Match highlights

64,448 attended Richmond vs. Carlton at M.C.G. (AFL, Premiership Season, R14)

Footnotes

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