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Tigers grab comeback win over Swans

By Sam Lienert 04/07/2010 04:56:44 PM Comments (0)

Richmond youngster Andrew Collins recovered from a heavy knock to snare two late goals and deliver a stunning comeback AFL victory over Sydney at the MCG.

The Tigers came back from a 33-point deficit in time-on in the third quarter, kicking eight of the last 10 goals, to win 14.5 (89) to 12.13 (85) and break an eight-game losing streak against the Swans.

The victory - Richmond's fourth in five rounds - lifted them off the bottom of the ladder, leaving West Coast at the foot of the table.

It also left Sydney just hanging onto eighth spot by percentage, with a crucial match against ninth-placed North Melbourne to come at the SCG next Sunday.

The two sides went goal for goal until 15 minutes into the second quarter, when the Tigers led by two points.

But Sydney broke away when Jarrad McVeigh kicked the last two goals of the first half, then the Swans kicked four goals to one in the first 20 minutes of the third quarter to build a 33-point lead.

The visitors looked home at that stage, but the Tigers bounced back with three quick goals late in the quarter to breathe life into the contest, trailing by 14 points at the last change.

Star forward Jack Riewoldt kicked his fourth seconds before the siren after a great mark with the flight of the ball.

Richmond captain Chris Newman scored a long running goal early in the last quarter to cut the gap to eight points, before the Swans kicked two of the next three to regain a 14-point lead 13 minutes into the term.

But the Tigers refused to buckle, Newman kicking his second with a fine snap, seconds after Collins was ironed out by Swans' defender Lewis Roberts-Thomson and had to be helped from the ground by trainers.

Collins, in his 19th game, showed great courage to return to the field for the closing minutes and twice marked and goaled from close range.

The final goal of the game came from a goalsquare mark, after young midfield gun Trent Cotchin swooped cleanly on a ball at half-forward and delivered the long kick.

Riewoldt finished with five goals and Collins three, while for the Swans Jarrad McVeigh combined good midfield work with three goals.

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