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Swans smash sorry Tigers

By James Dampney 10/04/2010 10:43:54 PM Comments (0)

Sydney moved into the AFL's top eight and further increased Damien Hardwick's woes with a 55-point stroll past a ragged Richmond outfit at the SCG on Saturday night.

Daniel Bradshaw led the way for the Swans with four goals, including the 500th of his career, as the Swans prevailed 16.15 (111) to 7.14 (56) for their second straight win following a narrow opening-round loss to St Kilda.

But it was a terrible night for the young win-less Richmond side, who took almost 50 minutes to kick their first goal to emphasise the task facing first-year coach Hardwick at Tigerland.

It is Sydney's eighth straight win over Richmond, equalling a record set way back between 1915-1919, with the Tigers now failing to defeat the Swans since 2005.

The home side dominated all aspects and were never tested, with the likes of Nick Malceski, Jude Bolton, Jarrad McVeigh, Heath Grundy and Ben McGlynn all standing out.

It was a very different story for Richmond, who will spend a week under the spotlight before next Sunday's clash with fellow strugglers Melbourne.

Youngster Dustin Martin toiled hard and finished with 22 touches, while Daniel Jackson and Ben Nason showed plenty of endeavour but lacked the polish to hurt Sydney.

Ben Cousins finished with 13 possessions and had little impact on his return to the side.

The game was over as a contest as early as the first term, when the Swans kicked 6.4 to four Richmond behinds.

Sydney appeared to have extra men all over the ground and had little trouble regularly finding open targets in a match that resembled a half-paced midweek training run.

Bradshaw impressed as he continues to settle into Sydney's forward line, kicking the opening goal to bring up 500 for his career, 496 of which came as a Brisbane Lion.

The Swans' new spearhead showed some encouraging mobility as he gets back to full fitness following a pre-season knee injury.

Sydney will aim for a third straight win when they travel to Etihad Stadium to take on the Kangaroos next Saturday, while Richmond will be desperate for their first win when they clash with the Demons at the MCG.

Jarred Moore picked up an ankle injury for Sydney but managed to return to the fray, while Richmond's Relton Roberts finished with mild concussions after a nasty head knock.

Swans coach Paul Roos was pleased with the effort, particularly their dominant first half.

"I think we set it up early," he said. "When you're against a team without much confidence you need to get out of the blocks and we did that.

"You take a win any day of the week."

Hardwick took some positives from Richmond's second half, which they lost by just three points after trailing by 52 at halftime.

"I thought we were probably disappointing the first half," he said.

"I thought we battled back well and only lost the second half by two-to-three points.

"(But) there's obviously some work for us to do."

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