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Frawley faces heat after Crow thrashing

By Chris Lines 23/04/2004 10:32:36 PM Comments (0)

Adelaide has driven a sharpened stake into Danny Frawley's AFL coaching career, as the previously winless Crows destroyed an insipid Richmond by 75 points.

Furious Richmond fans hurled abuse, waved wooden spoons and some even spat at players and coaches as they left the Telstra Dome arena, with the 21.8 (134) to 9.5 (59) defeat being the Tigers' fourth straight loss and their 17th in 19 games.

Richmond officials had continually insisted that Frawley would see out this final year of his contract, but the pressure for a change could be intolerable after yet another dismal performance.

Not only had they lost their past four games, but had not got within seven goals of an opponent.

Adelaide set up a 62-point lead at halftime that was frankly embarrassing in its ease.

Leading by 14 points at the first change, Adelaide piled on the pain with nine goals to one in the second quarter to establish a match-winning advantage by time-on of the term.

It was just the 12th time in Richmond's history that they had trailed by ten goals at half-time, and Adelaide's sixth occasion of having such a buffer at the main break.

There was a sniff of blood in the air at halftime as embittered fans raced to be first to the top of the Richmond race to harangue their players, but particularly the coach.

Richmond showed more fight in the second half, but rather than being a commendable comeback, it only begged the question of where that effort was in the first half.

It was Adelaide's biggest win since 2001 and put Richmond - at least temporarily - on the bottom of the ladder.

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