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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Richmond running rampant after Kangaroos’ fast start

The Swans are looking to keep their top-four hopes alive tonight against St Kilda

Toby Greene has been handed a two-week suspension for this hit on Patrick Dangerfield last night.

Here’s some of the reaction to the match review officer’s decision…

Jack Bytel (St Kilda) and James Rowbottom (Sydney) are the medical substitutes at Marvel Stadium tonight.

Ben Davis (Adelaide) and Todd Marshall (Port Adelaide) will fulfil those same roles at the Adelaide Oval.

Mahony cut the margin to just five points early in the final quarter, but consecutive goals from Ralphsmith, Riewoldt and Prestia have seen Richmond’s lead swell to 23 points with 12:19 left in the game, 12.7.79 to 8.8.56.

The Tigers have now kicked 10 of the last 13 goals, with Edwards, Coleman-Jones and Riewolt all on two each.

It’s been a spectacular transformation from the Tigers who trailed North by 26 points at one stage after giving up five of the first six majors.

Jack Riewoldt flies high for a big mark.

Jack Riewoldt flies high for a big mark.Credit:Getty Images

What a spectacular turnaround from the Tigers, who kicked seven goals to two in the third quarter to violently rip the ascendancy away from North’s grasp.

Richmond assumed the Kangaroos’ first-half role of relentless hunters of both the ball and man, and their pressure was absolutely manic – a far cry from the meek, passive, almost disinterested, outfit they were before half-time.

North are still leading the disposals 239-191, clearances 15-10, marks 80-55, inside 50s 28-22, contested possessions 66-58, free kicks 12-11 and hitouts 14-13, but a lot of those numbers represent a hangover from the first half.

Richmond got right on top in the middle of the ground and also in attack in the third term.

Richmond 0.3, 2.4, 9.6 (60)
Nth.Melb 3.4, 5.6, 7.8 (50)

Richmond: Edwards 2, Coleman-Jones 2, Riewoldt, Bolton, M.Rioli, Parker, Baker
Nth.Melb: Zurhaar 4, Larkey, Scott, Taylor

Richmond: Graham 23, Prestia 20, Vlastuin 20
Nth.Melb: Davies-Uniacke 29, Simpkin 29, Anderson 23, Hall 23, McDonald 20

Richmond: Vlastuin 7, Prestia 6, Grimes 5
Nth.Melb: Turner 7, Ziebell 6, McKay 5

Maurice Rioli Jr celebrates his first goal.

Maurice Rioli Jr celebrates his first goal.Credit:Getty Images

This game has undergone a dramatic transformation.

Richmond are now steamrolling the Kangaroos, with seven of the last eight goals giving them a 10-point lead with 4:44 left in the third quarter, 8.6.54 to 6.8.44.

The Kangaroos are a shadow of the confident, hungry, ferocious side they were in the first half.

Richmond have now kicked five of the last six goals to trim the margin to just one point with 7:56 left in the third quarter, 6.6.42 to 6.7.43.

And the last goal would put smiles on the faces of every single member of the Tiger Army as Maurice Rioli Jr bangs it home from the goal square.

Edwards is Richmond’s only multiple goalkicker while Zurhaar now has a game-high four majors for the Kangaroos.

Trent Cotchin is tackled high by Tarryn Thomas

Trent Cotchin is tackled high by Tarryn ThomasCredit:Getty Images

The Tigers have started this second half much better. Their pressure has been vastly improved and they’ve committed themselves to run a lot harder around the park.

As a result, they’ve kicked the last three goals, including the first two of the third term via Edwards and Bolton, to cut back the deficit to just six points, 4.6.30 to 5.6.36.

Edwards’ goal came as a result of a terrible turnover from Ziebell who kicked it straight to the triple premiership star 40m out from goal.

During the half-time break at the MCG, hop into our time machine and travel back to 2015 for a classic clash between Richmond and North Melbourne which ended in finals heartbreak for the Tigers. An imminent golden premiership run looked miles off for Richmond on this afternoon. Click here to read the full report.

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