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Richmond vs St. Kilda

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Round: 23   Venue: M.C.G.   Date: Sun, 27-08-2017 3:20 pm   Crowd: 69,104  
Richmond 4.2.2611.5.7112.7.7919.8.122 C:  Damien Hardwick
St. Kilda 1.2.84.3.278.6.5412.9.81 C:  Alan Richardson
  RICH by 18RICH by 44RICH by 25RICH by 41  
Weather
min temp  5.8°C      max temp  10.7°C
rainfall  7.8mm    humidity  56%    air pressure  1023.7mb
wind speed 19km/h      wind direction  S
Brownlow Medal 3 Dustin Martin (RICH)2 Shaun Grigg (RICH)1 Trent Cotchin (RICH)

Match Report


Richmond has secured the coveted double chance—it’s first top four finish since 2001—by soundly beating St. Kilda at the MCG on Sunday afternoon. A loss would have seen the Tigers slip to sixth, so the importance of the game was self-explanatory. For St. Kilda, even a significant win was unlikely to be enough to force their way into the eight, so attention centred on the final appearance of club champion Nick Riewoldt.

The last time these two teams met, at Docklands in round 16, St. Kilda dealt Richmond an almighty shellacking, the margin of 67 points flattering to the Tigers, who simply went missing for most of the game. This time around, things were different, and an impressive degree of Tiger intensity was apparent from the first bounce.

The game started scrappily enough, but it was the Tigers who settled first and goaled first, a major to ‘overnight’ sensation Jacob Townsend after a smooth team run from the half back line. Shaun Grigg followed up a few minutes later after a solid mark. The play then seesawed before Townsend found himself at the end of another brilliant chain of passing and slotted through his second. The Saints looked to be in trouble as the Tiger pressure mounted, compounded by a concussion to skipper Jarryd Geary that spelt the end of his afternoon. At the 23-minute mark, Jade Gresham finally broke through as the Saints began to lift their game, although late in the quarter Dustin Martin put through a huge 50-metre plus goal to give the Tigers an 18-point lead at the first break.

The second quarter opened with the Tigers starting where they left off in the first. Within a minute Shaun Grieg had a major on the board, courtesy of a quick snap. Dion Prestia shot truly two minutes later after the ball was worked forward from the Tiger backline. The irrepressible Townsend bobbed up again to kick his third after a tackle from Rioli led to another Saints turnover, and the situation was looking dire from the Seasiders’ perspective. More pain was to follow, as first Jack Riewoldt, marking strongly, and then Jack Graham, from another Saints turnover, hammered the Saints coffin shut, or so it seemed. Half way through the quarter and St. Kilda were staring down a 50-point deficit. It seemed like a complete reverse of the round 16 encounter was on the cards.

To their credit, the Saints boys fought back, and dominated the next ten minutes of play, with goals to Jake Gresham, twice. Cotchin got one back for the Tigers, but a questionable ruck free, which resulted in a goal to Billy Longer looked to have brought the Saints some respectability. Their efforts were negated, to a certain extent, when Dan Butler shot truly in the last second of play to make the margin 44 points.

The momentum St. Kilda had generated late in the second quarter continued through to the third. Josh Bruce goaled early after a strong mark, and for the next ten minutes, they dominated the play albeit failing to convert that form to the scoreboard. The second eventually came at the 12-minute mark from Tim Membrey, but thereafter the pattern continued as St. Kilda tried but failed to do justice to their efforts. A long-range bomb by Jack Riewoldt rubbed salt into the wounds, but thereafter the Saints finally earned some reward, through goals to cousin Nick Riewoldt, and to Jack Billings, to leave the margin 25 points at the last break.

Richmond fans were confident, but still cautious, heading into the final quarter, but they needn’t have worried as the state of mind of the Tigers appears more resolute than was the case earlier in the season when they lost a number of games from comfortable positions. An early goal to Dustin Martin from an awkward looking banana was just the trick to get the team going. Townsend followed up a few minutes later after another Dusty run, and the 'Tigs' looked home. The Saints never threw in the towel and maintained the pressure, but they couldn’t reduce the margin from there. Another ten minutes of see-saw action during which St. Kilda peppered the goals to no avail, was followed by a dead-eyed shot by Grieg running out of the centre. It summed up the day.

The game opened up in the last fifteen minutes, as the pressure came off and the Tigers went into cruise control. In that final period, Gresham snapped two more goals, making it five in total, his best return in his career so far. Membrey posted another for the Saints, but the Tigers were not to be denied a comfortable margin, as Prestia, Riewoldt, Butler, and Townsend all goaled for Richmond, another nice bag of five for the latter.

For Richmond, Martin was clearly best afield, winning the Ian Stewart medal for his efforts. Other good players were Grigg, Prestia, Cotchin, and Astbury. For St. Kilda, Gresham, Steele, and Billings were standouts. Nick Riewoldt, in his 336th and last game, tried hard all day and bows out of the game on top as far as personal form is concerned.

It was a solid win for Richmond, enough to secure them third place on the ladder and a meeting with Geelong in two weeks time. As for coach Hardwick, he summed it up such: "I'm really proud. It was a tough game against the Saints, who were possibly playing for a finals spot, and a champion of the game retiring as well,".

"It was always going to be a tough ask, and I thought the boys handled themselves really well. We started well, which was pleasing. We've still got some areas of our game that are a little bit frustrating at times, but some of that was due to the Saints' good play as well. We're really happy to have earned the double chance, which is great."

According to St. Kilda coach Alan Richardson: We just weren't able to cope with Richmond's pressure”. "That's as much pressure as we've been under for a long time (and) I thought they were outstanding early … our inability compared to Richmond's at the coalface to be really strong and aggressive (was telling).

"The third quarter was positive and we were able to flip that a bit. I thought we hunted much more aggressively. (But) their better players probably had too big an influence on the game."

For long suffering Tiger fans, the Qualifying final can't come quick enough.

GOALS
Richmond: Townsend 5; Riewoldt, Grigg 3; Prestia, Martin, Butler 2; Graham, Cotchin
St. Kilda: Gresham 5; Billings, Membrey 2; Bruce, Riewoldt, Longer

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Richmond: Martin, Grigg, Prestia, Cotchin, Townsend, Vlastuin, Nankervis, Houli
St. Kilda: Steele, Gresham, Billings, Sinclair, Ross, Dunstan

BEST - THE AGE
Richmond: Martin, Astbury, Cotchin, B Ellis, Nankervis, Townsend, Grigg
St. Kilda: Gresham, Billings, Dunstan, Longer, Steele

INJURIES
Richmond: Nil
St. Kilda: Geary (concussion)

UMPIRES: Donlon, Nicholls, Hosking 

TELEVISION BROADCAST: Seven Network

COMMENTATORS: Hamish McLachlan, Brian Taylor, Leigh Matthews, Brad Sewell

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 10 9 5 15 0 0 0 1 1 0 26y 182d 82 8
35 Broad, Nathan 9 5 3 12 0 0 0 4 1 2 24y 134d 9 0
40 Butler, Dan 10 2 4 14 2 2 0 1 2 0 21y 85d 20 26
46 Castagna, Jason 2 2 2 4 0 0 0 4 1 1 21y 46d 27 25
9 Cotchin, Trent 13 4 13 26 1 0 0 2 2 2 27y 142d 195 117
10 Edwards, Shane 3 4 13 16 0 1 0 4 0 0 28y 306d 204 138
5 Ellis, Brandon 14 7 16 30 0 0 0 2 2 0 24y 24d 132 46
34 Graham, Jack 7 3 11 18 1 0 0 7 1 1 19y 183d 2 2
6 Grigg, Shaun 18 7 6 24 3 1 1 5 2 2 29y 130d 189 91
2 Grimes, Dylan 7 5 3 10 0 0 0 3 1 1 26y 42d 101 3
14 Houli, Bachar 14 3 12 26 0 0 0 3 0 1 29y 107d 167 37
23 Lambert, Kane 10 5 11 21 0 0 0 3 0 0 25y 274d 49 25
31 Markov, Oleg 3 4 10 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 21y 111d 15 3
4 Martin, Dustin 20 4 16 36 2 0 0 1 0 1 26y 62d 175 182
33 McIntosh, Kamdyn 12 6 1 13 0 0 0 3 0 1 23y 146d 50 10
25 Nankervis, Toby 9 4 9 18 0 0 31 9 1 2 23y 15d 33 14
3 Prestia, Dion 12 2 11 23 2 0 0 3 1 0 24y 319d 114 35
18 Rance, Alex 8 6 9 17 0 0 0 1 2 0 27y 322d 172 9
8 Riewoldt, Jack 10 6 4 14 3 1 0 1 1 0 28y 300d 222 533
17 Rioli, Daniel 2 0 5 7 0 1 0 2 0 1 20y 133d 40 34
21 Townsend, Jacob 9 5 3 12 5 0 0 2 0 1 24y 68d 34 15
1 Vlastuin, Nick 17 8 5 22 0 0 0 2 0 0 23y 130d 93 19
  Rushed   2  
  Totals 219 101 172 391 19 8 32 64 18 16 24y 314d 2125 1372
St. Kilda Match Stats Career
# Player K M H D G B HO T FF FA Age Games G
8 Acres, Blake 9 3 9 18 0 0 2 0 4 0 21y 324d 44 19
15 Billings, Jack 12 5 16 28 2 2 0 4 0 1 22y 9d 64 50
22 Brown, Nathan 0 1 6 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 28y 253d 152 7
27 Bruce, Josh 7 5 4 11 1 1 0 3 2 2 25y 80d 88 131
2 Carlisle, Jake 11 8 8 19 0 0 0 3 1 1 25y 330d 107 59
7 Dunstan, Luke 12 3 18 30 0 2 0 5 0 0 22y 210d 69 36
14 Geary, Jarryn 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 29y 65d 163 25
4 Gresham, Jade 14 4 2 16 5 1 0 2 0 1 20y 3d 40 41
18 Longer, Billy 5 2 7 12 1 0 46 5 2 2 24y 107d 60 4
13 Lonie, Jack 6 1 5 11 0 1 0 6 1 2 21y 14d 39 28
28 Membrey, Tim 7 7 6 13 2 1 0 1 1 1 23y 93d 50 91
16 Newnes, Jack 9 4 5 14 0 0 0 2 0 1 24y 184d 113 32
12 Riewoldt, Nick 10 8 5 15 1 0 0 2 0 1 34y 314d 336 718
17 Roberton, Dylan 8 1 5 13 0 0 0 1 0 1 26y 67d 124 19
6 Ross, Sebastian 13 2 12 25 0 0 0 3 1 0 24y 112d 81 13
5 Savage, Shane 16 2 9 25 0 0 0 1 0 1 26y 234d 123 58
35 Sinclair, Jack 8 2 13 21 0 0 0 4 2 0 22y 196d 44 30
9 Steele, Jack 7 3 21 28 0 0 0 8 1 1 21y 257d 37 15
3 Steven, Jack 15 0 11 26 0 0 0 4 0 0 27y 152d 154 94
25 Stevens, Koby 6 4 18 24 0 1 0 4 1 1 26y 70d 89 40
29 Webster, Jimmy 10 0 8 18 0 0 0 0 0 0 24y 60d 68 3
44 Weller, Maverick 5 1 15 20 0 0 0 3 0 1 25y 195d 108 53
  Totals 190 66 204 394 12 9 48 63 16 18 24y 334d 2153 1566

Footnotes

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