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Tom Hawkins (C) makes an attempt to mark beneath drive from Dylan Grimes (L) and Brandon Ellis. (AAP: Hamish Blair)
Geelong produced a courageous efficiency however protecting premiers Richmond dug deep to increase its record-breaking run on the MCG in an exhilarating three-point win.
The Cats kicked the closing 3 targets of the fit to path by means of simply 4 issues with not up to two mins closing on Friday evening.
Gary Ablett had the chance to drag off a surprising come-from-behind win with about 90 seconds left however his operating shot sailed large.
The Tigers stood company within the frantic death seconds to attain a 12.13 (85) to 12.10 (82) win and make it 19 victories in a row in entrance of 67,054 spectators.
Dustin Martin had 26 possessions and 10 clearances in an influential efficiency, whilst Kane Lambert used to be additionally vital with 31 disposals.
The eagerly awaited Tom Hawkins-Alex Rance duel eventuated and Rance got here out on most sensible.
After back-to-back luggage of 7 targets, Hawkins controlled only one primary within the closing quarter.
Daniel Menzel kicked 3 targets for the Cats however Jack Riewoldt used to be essentially the most destructive ahead at the flooring with 4.
Geelong began brightly however Riewoldt kicked two targets within the first quarter to assist the Tigers to a 10-point quarter-time lead.
The primary two majors of the second one time period stretched the margin to 25 issues, however Patrick Dangerfield – who completed with 39 touches – led a stirring fight-back.
The Cats trailed by means of 5 issues on the primary spoil then hit the entrance when Menzel booted the primary function of the second one part.
However, as they so regularly do, the Tigers discovered some other equipment when challenged.
Stifling drive and the just about inevitable turnovers fuelled a run of 4 unanswered targets that noticed them lead by means of 21 issues at three-quarter time.
Damien Hardwick’s males, who’re the most efficient finishers within the league, looked as if it would have the sport in hand 23 issues up halfway throughout the closing quarter.
However Geelong confirmed this is a finals-calibre group with a stirring overdue rally that fell agonisingly quick.
Joel Selwood (37 possessions) and Tim Kelly (36) had been exceptional for the Cats.
The Tigers will hit the street to tackle Gold Coast in spherical 21, whilst Geelong faces Hawthorn on the MCG.