Richmond will be personification finals football in 2013 a initial time given 2001 after a 23-point feat over Brisbane during a MCG.
HERE is a good news – Richmond sealed in that long-awaited finals berth in that a fans have waited so desperately for some-more than a decade.
Now, a distant some-more sobering news. The Tigers missed a genuine possibility to make a matter to a rest of a AFL foe that it means to do some critical repairs in September.
And it showed that it still has copiousness of work to do brazen of a finals in only underneath a month’s time.
It was one of those arrange of afternoons during a MCG when Damien Hardwick’s group cumulative a propitious 13th win of a deteriorate – that enchanting figure that all though guarantees a club’s initial finals coming given 2001 – nonetheless simply could not put a feet during a throat of a Lions when it looked likely.
The Tigers were really good during times, assuage during others, and officious exposed during opposite stages.
The initial half showed that their midfield runs roughly as low as any in a premiership race, their counterclaim is as unaffected as it has been for roughly a era and that a brazen line is reduction reliant on Jack Riewoldt than it has been in a past.
The second half showed cracks in all areas that would have seen Hardwick happy to put a 4 premiership points in a bank, though clearly undone that it could not have been achieved with larger certainty.
After an superb initial tenure that yielded 6 goals to one and a 29-point ascendancy, it looked like it would be a approach for a Tigers. That perceived even some-more validation in a second tenure as a home side dominated a stats piece as they went to a game-high lead of 46 points after in that term.
A percentage-booster looked to be in a offing.
Richmond coach, Damien Hardwick, says ‘I always suspicion we had control of a game, we only weren’t creation a many of a scoring shots…we’ll be operative on that this week.’
That never happened, and a fact that it didn’t will give Hardwick copiousness of ammunition heading into Saturday’s large strife with Carlton.
Admittedly, teams that have all though sealed in finals appearances can infrequently have prosaic moments opposite sides that they know they have their magnitude against.
Yet Richmond was always flirting with risk opposite a side that has roughly done an art form of resurrecting destroyed situations opposite good teams.
The Tigers unsuccessful to flog a idea in a third term, as a Lions wrestled their approach behind in a contest, winning a round out of a center with roughly as most rule as their opponents had in a initial half.
The disproportion was 26 points during a final change as Brisbane threatened to means nonetheless another final tenure upset, when Pearce Hanley brought his group to within 16 points during a 20-minute-mark.
Six mins and 26 seconds remained on a time as Richmond nervously clung onto a match, creation some-more than a few mistakes in a process.
Finally, it was Riewoldt, who iced a diversion that should have been cumulative a ruin of a lot earlier, when he nailed a left feet angle idea 5 mins later, to a service of a Richmond faithful, and utterly probably, his teammates.
The final domain was 23 points, and that was all that mattered in a final analysis.
Trent Cotchin was a clever writer again, Daniel Jackson continued his excellent season, Steven Morris and Bachar Houli were clever in defence, and Nathan Foley gave copiousness of drive.
For a Lions, Tom Rockliff played a bit purpose in removing his group behind into a contest, while Hanley was solid, Matt Maguire had an intriguing duel with Riewoldt, and Sam Mayes slotted by 3 goals.
Brisbane coach, Michael Voss, says ‘they won it, they owned it, and we didn’t.’
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