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Richmond overpower Brisbane in the AFL

Greg Buckle 30/04/2011 11:52:24 PM Comments (0)

Star forward Jack Riewoldt kicked five goals as Richmond scored a 26-point win over the winless Brisbane Lions at the MCG.

Richmond trailed by five points just before three-quarter time but steadied to claim the 18.16 (124) to 14.14 (98) victory before a crowd of 37,438.

Nathan Foley and Dustin Martin had a combined 75 possessions to dominate midfield for the Tigers, who have turned their season around with two wins in the past two weeks.

Small forwards Robin Nahas and Jake King were inspirational with three goals each for the Tigers.

Brownlow Medallist Simon Black (34 touches) gave another classy display in midfield for Brisbane and Luke Power kicked four goals.

Brisbane kicked five goals in the opening term to Richmond's four to hold a six-point advantage at quarter-time.

The Tigers lifted their work rate to dominate the second quarter, slamming on 5.3 to Brisbane's four behinds to lead by 23 points at halftime.

Martin controlled the midfield and Riewoldt kicked three goals for the first half while King contributed two majors in the second term.

Riewoldt's third goal came on the halftime siren from 50 metres out, thrilling the MCG crowd.

Richmond midfielder Shane Tuck left the field early in the second quarter clutching his ribs and was replaced by substitute player Ben Nason midway through the term.

The Tigers led by 27 points early in the second half but the Lions turned to veteran crumber Power who kicked three of Brisbane's seven goals in the third term.

Daniel Rich's 50-metre goal with two minutes left in the third quarter put the Lions five points ahead.

But two late goals, one from Riewoldt and another as Riewoldt handballed to Nahas, ensured the Tigers some breathing space with an eight-point break at three-quarter time.

Ben Nason's second goal 16 minutes into the last quarter put the Tigers 26 points ahead and Riewoldt's fifth two minutes later made it officially party time.

The Tigers, growing in confidence, outscored Brisbane 4.8 to 2.2 in the final term.

Riewoldt leads the AFL goalkicking tally with 21 from six rounds.

Brisbane face Gold Coast at the Gabba next Saturday night in the first derby between the two Queensland AFL teams.

Richmond host Fremantle at the MCG next Saturday.

Brisbane coach Michael Voss blasted his side post-match for their lack of interest in winning the hard ball against the Tigers and was unhappy with his whole team, including the champion on-baller Black.

"You know what? I'm not walking away pleased with anyone's efforts today," Voss fumed.

"We just didn't bring our contest face on. We probably wanted the ball nice and Richmond were willing to work a little bit hard in the clinches than us.

"We got cleaned up in contested footy. You start on the back foot when you get cleaned up in the contested ball which is really disappointing."

The Lions led the inside-50 count 45-44 at three-quarter time but the Tigers stormed home to finish with 67 inside 50s to Brisbane's 53.

In contrast to Voss, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick saw merit in Black's performance.

"A guy like Simon Black, he was amazing tonight, his clearance work," the Tigers coach said.

"We honestly did not have an answer for him.

"He's an elite player and Luke Power the same. Those guys (both over 30) just keep on keeping on."

Hardwick was thrilled to see Nahas and King busy around goal.

"It is great to spread the (goalkicking) load. We do have an unhealthy reliance on Jack (Riewoldt) at times," Hardwick said.

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