Richmond punishes wayward Brisbane Lions in comprehensive AFL victory

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Richmond has extended its 11-year AFL winning run over Brisbane with a 41-point victory in Carrara.

The Tigers punished a wasteful Lions outfit to claim a 12.10 (82) to 4.17 (41) victory and move up to third on the ladder.

The second-placed Lions’ third loss of the season is also their 15th consecutive defeat to the defending premiers in a run stretching back to 2009.

Jack Riewoldt shook off his recent lack of goals to kick four majors, while Tom Lynch kicked three and Jake Aarts had two.

For the second match in a row, Dustin Martin was hugely influential with 24 disposals, 10 contested possessions, 10 score involvements and three goal assists.

The match was all but won by the Tigers after an inaccurate second quarter by the Lions.


Brisbane had 14 inside 50s in the second term but could only kick 1.5.

In stark contrast, the Tigers were ruthless with their forward entries, kicking 5.2 from just nine inside 50s.

The Lions’ inability to finish their chances was never better exposed than when Sam Skinner somehow missed when put clean through at the top of the goal square.

Meanwhile, the Tigers were maximising every opportunity, with the influential Shai Bolton even kicking one goal on the run from 65 metres out.

It was a Lions performance that would have brought back bad memories for their supporters of last year’s qualifying final when Brisbane kicked 8.17 to Richmond’s 18.4.

The situation did not get better in the third quarter, with the Lions kicking five behinds before the Tigers kicked the first goal of the term through Riewoldt.

By the time Lions captain Dayne Zorko kicked his team’s fourth goal of the match in the 10th minute of the final quarter, the Tigers had kicked 11 of the past 12 majors.

Brisbane’s Lachie Neale topped the possessions chart with 26 touches for the Lions but Chris Fagan’s team, lacking the experience of players such as Daniel Rich and Stef Martin, were once again second best against the Tigers.

The Lions also lost Cam Rayner to a hamstring injury before half-time, meaning the small forward will almost certainly miss Saturday’s match against the Western Bulldogs at the Gabba.

Richmond’s next match is a tantalising encounter against the Power at Adelaide Oval on Saturday.

The Power made sure they stayed on top of the ladder by defeating the Bulldogs by 13 points at Adelaide Oval last night to kick off round 10 of the condensed AFL fixture.


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