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This is the last Friday night match of the season, and there are only three more games of footy before the dark clouds of October arrive and turn Melbourne into a spring carnival-soaked hellscape. Here’s hoping these last three games are good ones.
Thankfully, there’s reason to be optimistic, given the sides we have left.
The last time the Tigers and Magpies met, Richmond won by the best part of five goals. But the final score doesn’t tell the entire story.
For three quarters it was one of the games of the season. Collingwood dominating possession against a team that’s as comfortable without the footy as they are with it.
Things changed in the final term, with the Tigers banging through three goals in five minutes to quickly stretch a four-point three-quarter-time lead to 22 points and essentially end the contest.
It was a powerful quarter. Up until the final break, the Pies had 37 more disposals and 20 more contested possessions. In the final quarter, Richmond had a dozen more touches and 11 more contested possessions.
Inside-50s were slightly in Richmond’s favour at three-quarter time (40-37), but in the final term they put the ball into their attack 17 times to Collinwood’s 10.
The result was mostly chalked up to Richmond being better for longer and grinding another opponent down over the course of two hours of high-intensity footy.
That’s a fair assessment. This wasn’t the first time the reigning premiers turned what looked like a contest into a comfortable win.
It shouldn’t be completely overlooked, however, that the Pies were without both Jeremy Howe and Matthew Scharenberg for that fourth quarter, leaving their defence severely undermanned.
It’s unlikely those two would have been the difference between a win and a loss, but it certainly didn’t help.
The Pies now add Adam Treloar to that mix, so it’s an area they could again have a notional advantage in.
But it’s the Collingwood forward line that makes this game most interesting.
Richmond’s defence – anchored by the great Alex Rance – is cohesive and co-ordinated. Rance, Nick Vlastuin, Dylan Grimes and David Astbury have played plenty of footy together now. They know and trust each other and back themselves when the ball is there to be won.
Collingwood’s forward line doesn’t have the same experience, but it is similarly well structured. Mason Cox is the bailout option and while he’s no star, he is a constant aerial threat who demands attention.