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Rioli leads Hawks past Richmond

04/03/2011 11:45:21 PM Comments (0)

Cyril Rioli has led a slick Hawthorn past Richmond by 41 points in their AFL practice match at Deakin Reserve in Shepparton on Friday night.

The Hawks should have won by far more, having 24 more entries inside their forward 50m and 16 more scoring shots than the Tigers, but only managing a 12.17 (89) to 7.6 (48) victory.

Led by Rioli, the Hawks were never headed after opening up a 15-point buffer in the first term.

The premiership star won plenty of the ball playing through the midfield in the absence of some of the Hawk regulars such as new skipper Luke Hodge, Shaun Burgoyne and Jordan Lewis.

Rioli was also menacing when up forward, forcing the Tigers' defence into many turnovers through his pressure and tackling.

Coach Alistair Clarkson rested Rioli in the last quarter due to his heavy schedule of game time during the pre-season.

"(Rioli) has had a really good summer and a good block of training," Clarkson said.

"He has played in a number of roles from halfback to midfield to a little bit of time up forward."

Clarkson was pleased to get through the game with no injuries.

"It was good to get through the game and get our preparations ready for a fierce battle with the Crows away in round one," he said.

"Our conversion rate was not so flash considering we had plenty of inside 50s.

"We didn't convert as well as we would have liked, but we will go away and do some work on it this week."

The premiership coach added it was a solid four-quarter effort from his players.

The Hawks' superior skills by foot and hand through the likes of former skipper Sam Mitchell, Clinton Young, Brad Sewell, Michael Osborne and Rioli allowed them to open up a 10 point advantage at the first change.

Stand in Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin, Robin Nahas, Alex Rance and Tyrone Vickery (two goals) tried to keep their team in the contest, but the margin had blown out to 31 points by the long break.

Hawthorn kicked away to a game high of 43 points early in the third quarter before the sting eventually went out of the game in the last quarter.

Richmond hope to regain skipper Chris Newman for next week's game, missing the game with hamstring tightness.

Hawthorn's Michael Osborne booted three goals, while Lance Franklin and Jarryd Roughead chipped in with two each.

Recruits David Hale, Cameron Bruce and Kyle Cheney were all impressive contributors for the Hawks.

Hale booted a goal and took a number of strong marks up forward.

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