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Tigers fall short of Crows' firepower

Josh Berriman
April 9, 2016

RICHMOND   2.3       7.5       9.10    13.14 (92)
ADELAIDE     4.4       11.6     17.9     19.14 (128)

Richmond: Lloyd 3, Vickery 2, Rioli 2, Grigg, Riewoldt, Cotchin, Lambert, Hampson, Edwards
Adelaide: Walker 3, Betts 3, Douglas 3, Thompson 2, Sloane 2, Lyons 2, Smith 2, Jenkins, McGovern

Richmond: Cotchin, Houli, Riewoldt, B Ellis, Hampson
Adelaide: Thompson, Laird, Betts, Smith, Walker, Crouch, Seedsman


Richmond: Nil
Adelaide: Seedsman (concussion)

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Bannister, Dalgleish, Schmitt

Official crowd: 29,951 at Etihad Stadium


Richmond has suffered a second straight defeat, going down to Adelaide by 36 points at Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The game started well enough for the Tigers with Shaun Grigg goaling from long range following a ruck infringement to open proceedings, with the tackle pressure and intent at the contest looking on.

But from the ten-minute mark of the first quarter onward, the game was predominantly played on the Crows’ terms.

Trailing by 39 points late in the second term, Richmond looked to have dragged its way back into the contest with three goals in four minutes, kicking at 100 per cent efficiency across the ground in that period.

Jack Riewoldt marked strongly inside 50 and had a chance to cut the margin to 15 points on the stroke of half time. His set-shot hit the woodwork, and from the ensuing kick out, Adelaide went the length of the field and answered back via Josh Jenkins in the goalsquare.

As was the case throughout most of the game, every Richmond challenge on the scoreboard was returned with interest going the other way. This Tiger burst was no exception, as the Crows came out strongly again in the second half booting four of the opening five goals of the third quarter, as the hosts couldn’t find a way to consistently break out of defensive 50.

The Tigers fought back late to kick four of the last five goals of the game, but the damage had been done in conceding the most points against since the 2014 elimination final loss.

Sam Lloyd provided the Tiger highlight of the day as he flew high above a pack in the third term to mark deep in attack and snap the second of his three goals. Daniel Rioli then kicked his first senior goal for Richmond and followed up with another in the final quarter.

Captain Trent Cotchin (32 disposals) led Richmond in contested possesions with 14, tackles with six, and was equal-best with Grigg in clearances on six.

Shaun Hampson had a fierce battle against fellow former Carlton ruckman Sam Jacobs, edging out the Crow with 34 hitouts to 28 and finished with his first goal since Round 14, 2014.

Brandon Ellis (39) and Bachar Houli (36) were the highest possession-gatherers for Richmond, while Lloyd’s three goals were the best for the hosts, with Rioli and Ty Vickery the only other multiple avenues to goal.

Conversely, at the other end, Adelaide managed multiple goals through skipper Taylor Walker, Eddie Betts, Richard Douglas (all with three each), Rory Sloane, Scott Thompson, Jarryd Lyons and Brodie Smith (each with two majors).

Although Richmond finished behind on the clearance count 32-39, they were able to outscore the Crows by four goals (8.4 52 to 4.4 28) from that source. Turnovers going forward hurt, however, with Adelaide finishing 43 points up from errant Tiger possessions (5.9 39 to 12.10 82).

A six-day break and a trip to Perth to take on last year's grand finallists, West Coast, awaits Richmond next week as they look to square the win-loss ledger at two.

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Re: Media articles & stats: Tigers fall short of Crows' firepower
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Adelaide Crows prove themselves a sharp outfit

Rohan Connolly
The Age
April 10. 2016

ADELAIDE   4.4  11.6   17.9    19.14 (128)
RICHMOND  2.3   7.5    9.10    13.14 (92)

Adelaide: Betts 3, Douglas 3, Walker 3, Smith 2, Lyons 2, Sloane 2, Thompson 2, Jenkins, McGovern.
Richmond: Lloyd 3, Rioli 2, Vickery 2, Riewoldt, Lambert, Edwards, Grigg, Hampson, Cotchin.

Adelaide: Laird, Thompson, Smith, M Crouch, Sloane, Douglas, Betts.
Richmond: Cotchin, B Ellis, Houli, Lloyd, Hampson.

Injuries: Adelaide: P Seedsman (concussion).
UMPIRES Hay, McInerney, Hosking.
CROWD 29,951 at Etihad Stadium.


There are symbolic moments in many games, but they don't always stand out as baldly as did a period of no longer than a minute just before half-time at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Adelaide had dominated the second quarter against Richmond so comprehensively that the Crows were not only 39 points up, but looking like extending that margin very quickly indeed.

Seemingly out of nowhere, though, Richmond had found something. Skipper Trent Cotchin, under fire all week about his leadership, was showing plenty this week, his left foot snap giving the Tigers at least some hope.

In Richmond's next attack, a spear of a pass from Brandon Ellis found Ty Vickery on a lead, and the key forward brought the gap back under five goals.

The Tigers attacked again after a daring change of direction from Connor Menadue. From an impossible angle, Kane Lambert managed to bounce one through. Just 21 points now. Which made what happened next so deflating.

As Adelaide sought to clear the lines, Cotchin lifted again to get a critical intercept to what was going to be a clean Adelaide mark. Richmond made use of the turnover once more and Jack Riewoldt marked just 20 metres out, the Tiger fans roaring.

This was a clutch moment. And it was botched. Inexplicably, Riewoldt hit the post. From the resultant kick-in, Adelaide, as they had so effectively most of the half, spirited the ball from end to end in a flash.

In a footrace in which he had a fair headstart, Josh Jenkins won, racing into an open goal to restore the Crows' composure and take the wind out of the Tigers' sails. And as far as this game still being in dispute went, that was about that.

Adelaide's eventual 36-point victory was no quite as explosive, but not a lot less impressive than the Crows' demolition of Port Adelaide last week. Don Pyke's team is a sharp outfit indeed.

This was a game where the raw numbers for either side were roughly the same. It was in the use of the football that Adelaide and Richmond were poles apart. And so slick did the Crows look with it that the Tigers will be far from the only team this season they make look second-rate by comparison.

The gap was out to more than five goals again within a couple of minutes of the restart after the half-time break, following a goal to Rory Sloane. And then, sadly for the Tigers, there was almost an action replay of what had taken place just before half-time.

Vickey was the Richmond villain this time instead of Riewoldt. But again, a golden opportunity wasted. Again the post was hit. And again, Adelaide made the Tigers pay.

Indeed, the response this time was even sharper, brilliant defender Rory Laird, Paul Seedsman, already looming as a valuable pick-up, Jenkins and Taylor Walker combined to whisk the ball from goalfront to the other in literally seconds, the skipper cashing in with the resultant six-pointer.

Richmond had periods where it had the bulk of play, none the least the opening to the game, that short second-quarter burst, and again in the third term, even as they sank so far behind a revival was next to impossible.

But the Tigers would miss shots at goal, turn the ball over going inside 50, miss targets, and Adelaide repeatedly cashed in.

So much so that by 18 minutes into the third quarter, Richmond had nearly doubled the Crows' inside 50 tally for the term. The miserable net result of that for the Tigers was 1.5. Adelaide, from just half-a-dozen forward entries, had managed four goals.

The good players were everywhere, the Crows' defence, led by Laird and Brodie Smith, outstanding, Smith's booming last-quarter goal from well outside 50 wasn't so much a statement as massive smack around Richmond's chops.

Scott Thompson just did what he does most weeks, pick up a heap of touches, use them efficiently, and never stop running. Ditto Sloane. And with every game Matt Crouch plays, the name Dangerfield becomes less and less of a devastating loss.

Up forward, Adelaide barely missed a beat despite the pre-game withdrawal of Tom Lynch. That wasn't just the result of clean and quick delivery, but some sensational forward pressure applied by the likes of Eddie Betts, who had as many score assists as his three goals.

Richmond had the gut-busting efforts of Cotchin, the prolific Ellis, Bachar Houli, a monster leap and three goals at least from small forward Sam Lloyd, some promising signs from Daniel Rioli, and a pretty robust effort from often-maligned ruckman Shaun Hampson.

But Dustin Martin couldn't exert his usual influence, Riewoldt had a quiet one, and of course, once again there was no Brett Deledio.

It's been obvious for a while that Richmond need all their biggest stars firing as one to match it with the best in the competition. And the way Adelaide is looking at the moment, even that might not be enough for the Tigers.