Fremantle overrun by Tigers
Richmond 3.2 9.7 17.7 23.10 (148)
Fremantle 2.8 9.9 13.11 14.15 (99)
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Cotchin 4, Nahas 4, Vickery 3, King 2, Houli 2, Deledio, Graham, Miller, Martin
Fremantle: Bradley 4, Ballantyne 2, Mayne 2, Pavlich, Hill, Lower, Ibbotson, McPhee, Pitt
Richmond: Cotchin, Deledio, Nahas, Edwards, Houli, Riewoldt, Batchelor
Fremantle: Sandilands, Pavlich, Mundy, Fyfe, Bradley, Pearce
Fremantle: Ballantyne (hamstring)
Richmond: Matthew White replaced by Ben Nason at three-quarter time
Fremantle: Hayden Ballantyne (hamstring) replaced by Roberton at three-quarter time
Umpires: Stewart, Chamberlain, Kamolins
Fremantle has succumbed to a late blitz from Richmond to fall by 49 points in a pulsating encounter at the MCG on Saturday evening.
Both teams had legitimate claims on the premiership points in a see-sawing first half, but a third-quarter rally by the Tigers that saw them kick the last three goals of the term proved pivotal in the 23.10 (148) to 14.15 (99) win.
The loss continues a disappointing run of outs at the MCG for Mark Harvey’s men who haven’t won at the venue in their last eight visits.
Freo had the best of the early play, but let itself down with some poor kicking around the ground and in front of goal where it registered a wasteful 2.8.
With full-forward Jack Riewoldt unable to register a kick and young playmaker Dustin Martin well held by Matthew de Boer, Richmond did well to draw level at the first break with Robin Nahas a key contributor.
The Tigers gained the ascendancy in general play for long periods of the second term as Trent Cotchin and Shane Edwards warmed to the task but, as Richmond did in the first, Fremantle was able to muster an answering goal against the run of play to stay within striking distance.
Freo held a three-point lead 10 minutes into the third quarter, but it would be the last time they would have their noses in front.
Cotchin booted the first two goals of the final term and the floodgates opened for Richmond. A contest that looked destined to be decided on the last kick of the evening for almost three quarters became a rout as Fremantle proved powerless to halt the Tigers’ celebrations.