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Media articles: Tigers on song in big win over Roos
« on: March 07, 2018, 10:53:01 PM »

Match report: Tigers on song in big win

Nathan Schmook
Mar 7, 2018 9:41PM

RICHMOND                       3.4   8.6    13.10   19.14 (128)
NORTH MELBOURNE        3.3   4.7      7.8        8.10 (58)

Richmond: Lambert 4, Moore 2, Riewoldt 2, Butler 2, Caddy 2, Castagna, Townsend, Bolton, Lloyd, McIntosh, Grigg, Cotchin
North Melbourne: Waite 2, Garner, Brown, Hrovat, Turner, Goldstein, Higgins   

Richmond: Caddy, Lambert, Martin, Edwards, Nankervis, Butler, Cotchin
North Melbourne: Higgins, Ziebell, Macmillan, Cunnington

Richmond: TBC
North Melbourne: TBC   

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Findlay, Nicholls, Gavine 

Official crowd: 4,197 at Ikon Park


RICHMOND won't be easing into its premiership defence, with the Tigers finely tuned after a finishing their pre-season with a 70-point win against North Melbourne at Ikon Park on Wednesday night.

After a dominant performance against Essendon to open the JLT Community Series, Richmond backed up with a polished 19.14 (128) to 8.10 (58) win against the disappointing Kangaroos, who end their pre-season without a win.

The premiers were fearsome at times, forcing turnovers with their relentless pressure and then queuing up the other way, with 12 separate goalkickers in an even performance that will leave Damien Hardwick with selection headaches.

One decision that looks all but settled is Shai Bolton as Daniel Rioli's replacement in the season opener against Carlton on March 22, with the small forward lively again with 15 possessions and 1.3 after booting three goals against the Bombers.

While the small forward line is likely to stay intact, the Tigers would have been pleased with a second half cameo from young key Callum Moore, who booted two goals and showed he could be an option as Jack Riewoldt's sidekick at times this year.

Midfielder Kane Lambert also went forward and booted four goals, while Josh Caddy (two goals) hit the scoreboard in a dynamic performance that suggests the premiership Tiger could be a big improver in 2018.

Caddy rotated heavily through the midfield and finished with seven clearances from his 20 possessions (12 contested), running off the back of the square and drifting forward cleverly to be a key playmaker.

Premiership ruckman Toby Nankervis returned after suffering concussion against the Bombers and was excellent in the middle before pushing forward in the second half, allowing Ivan Soldo to play on-ball.

Club champion Shaun Higgins was excellent for the Kangaroos with 31 possessions and a goal, but he lacked assistance on a night that got worse for Brad Scott's team as the sun went down.

The Kangaroos repeatedly looked to move the ball through the corridor, but their kicking skills let them down time and again and the Tigers feasted on the resulting turnovers.

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Roll on round one as Richmond are ready (Age)
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2018, 05:12:56 AM »
Roll on round one as Richmond are ready

Peter Ryan
The Age
8 March 2018

With only Dion Prestia, Bachar Houli and Dan Rioli in doubt, the Tigers will head into round one against Carlton at the MCG on Thursday, March 22, full of confidence.

North Melbourne showed some good signs early in the game with brave ball movement out of defence and through the corridor and the tactic worried the Tigers.

However, their inability to convert kept the Tigers in the hunt and after half-time Richmond tightened up and the Kangaroos struggled to even get the ball out of defence, let alone run it from end to end.

The Tigers also hurt the Kangaroo turnovers, outnumbering their opponents and sweeping the ball forward with Jarrad Waite, who played 11 games in a Carlton jumper at Ikon Park as a youngster, making the biggest mistake of the first half when he missed a switch kick that led to Kane Lambert's third goal of the second quarter.

Lambert, who was third in last year's best and fairest, was helping the Tigers dominate at ground level inside 50.

Meanwhile, forgotten North Melbourne midfielder Ben Jacobs was back in his familiar tagging role keeping Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin honest whenever he stood beside them but those Tigers are harder to quell these days.

Martin, who came close to accepting a godfather offer from North Melbourne last season, created more than one scoring opportunity out of nothing when he won the ball in tight.

How much difference he would have made to each club's immediate fortunes if he'd swapped jumpers will remain a moot point now, but was an interesting question for fans to ponder as the game petered out.

Kangaroos' coach Brad Scott said Richmond were impressive and looked to have improved with their ability to punish turnovers.

Richmond rested Alex Rance in the second half and gave Jack Riewoldt a breather in the final quarter to ensure they are fit and ready for the season-opener.

The Kangaroos' youngster's time will come, but for now it is Tiger time with Richmond ready to roll into round one as premiership contenders.

Richmond: 3.4 8.6 13.10 19.14 (128)
North Melbourne: 3.3 4.7 7.8 8.10 (58)

Richmond: Martin, Edwards, Lambert, McIntosh, Vlastuin, Nankervis, Riewoldt
North Melbourne: Higgins, Macmillan, Cunnington, Jacobs, Ziebell

Richmond: Lambert 4, Riewoldt 3, Moore 2, Butler 2, Bolton, McIntosh, Cotchin, Caddy, Lloyd, Townsend, Castagna, Grigg
North Melbourne: Waite 2, Brown, Goldstein, Garner, Turner, Higgins, Hrovat

CROWD 4197, at Ikon Park


Richmond v North Melbourne report - JLT Series

Herald Sun
8 March 2018

RICHMOND has sent a message to the rest of the competition with another thumping JLT Series win ahead of Round 1 after disposing of North Melbourne by 70 points at Ikon Park on Wednesday night.

The Tigers brought immense pressure against the Kangaroos, who despite a good first half, were blown away by the reigning premiers after the main break.


THE word hangover can probably be forgotten now.

Yes it’s the JLT series and yes, this was a belting of a rebuilding North Melbourne. But throw it on top of last week’s dismantling of Essendon and most importantly, the manner in which they’re playing, and ominous is a more appropriate term.

They are just belting teams, dating back to Round 22 last year.

On Wednesday night it was a nine-goal run across the second and third quarters that knocked the stuffing out of the Roos before the wound was salted with the last six unanswered.

For a time, the Tigers’ pressure was so suffocating North couldn’t get the ball past half way.

Toby Nankervis continues to prove the shrewd bargain acquisition, Kane Lambert’s 2017 was no fluke and likewise for Dan Butler. Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Jacob Townsend, Jack Graham and Josh Caddy are still the uber aggressive ball-hunters who float seamlessly between midfield and forward.