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Kamdyn McIntosh (R) celebrates together with his Richmond teammates after kicking a objective. (AAP: Julian Smith)
Reigning premiers Richmond have flexed their muscle tissues to open the AFL finals sequence with a 31-point win over Hawthorn on the MCG.
After a pulsating first half of, the Tigers kicked away within the 3rd quarter with 5 targets to 2 and simply gained Thursday’s qualifying last 13.17 (95) to nine.10 (64).
The minor premiers have the week off and are one win clear of the grand last, whilst the Hawks cross right into a sudden-death semi-final in opposition to the winners of Friday’s Melbourne as opposed to Geelong removal last.
Including to Hawthorn’s woes, famous person defender Ben Stratton went off within the 3rd time period and ended the sport with ice on his proper hamstring. Fellow backman Blake Hardwick additionally was once hobbled with a sore hip.
Big name Alex Rance despatched a scare thru Richmond with a sore foot at three-quarter time, however he performed out the fit.
The primary Richmond as opposed to Hawthorn last attracted a bumper crowd of 91,446, dispelling court cases from some Victorian lovers in regards to the recreation being scheduled on a Thursday evening.
Brownlow medallist Dustin Martin starred in his 200th senior fit, racking up 29 disposals and kicking an impressive objective in the second one time period.
Small ahead Daniel Rioli and Kamdyn McIntosh kicked 3 targets apiece for the Tigers, the primary time McIntosh has kicked 3 in his AFL occupation.
Onballer Jaeger O’Meara was once best possible for the Hawks and captain Jarryd Roughead kicked 3 targets.
Defensive power outlined the primary half of, with a large general of 99 tackles laid — 44 by means of the Tigers and 50 from Hawthorn.
This was once difficult, brutal finals soccer at its best possible, with intermittent rain including to the slog.
Hawthorn’s Tom Mitchell tries to overcome the defence of Richmond’s Kane Lambert. (AAP: Julian Smith)
A chain of spotfires will draw in fit evaluate scrutiny, however there was once not anything that regarded adore it would garner a suspension.
Tigers captain Trent Cotchin conceded a unfastened kick within the first quarter when he accumulated Shaun Burgoyne prime, gifting the Hawks famous person a very simple kick on objective.
Inexplicably, Burgoyne neglected the kick and All-Australian small ahead Luke Breust did the similar in the second one time period.
The ones misses by means of two of the Hawks’ maximum dependable kickers have been an important.
Hawthorn wanted the entirety to head proper to problem the reigning premiers and it trailed by means of 14 issues at half-time.
Whilst the Hawks fluffed the ones two probabilities, Richmond slotted thru two good targets within the first half of.
Rioli confirmed his magnificence with a correct snap early within the first quarter.
Then Martin, apparently double-teamed at each and every stoppage, won a slither of house when he was once deep in a ahead pocket right through the second one quarter. It was once he wanted and he kicked appropriately from a good attitude.
Predictably, Hawthorn introduced in tagging specialist Daniel Howe as a overdue inclusion. He got here in for tall software Ryan Schoenmakers, who had a sore Achilles.