Richmond halts Western Bulldogs’ unbeaten start to AFL season with 22-point win at MCG

The Richmond of old has returned with the Tigers reigniting their premiership defence by booting 10 of the last 12 goals to down the previously undefeated Western Bulldogs.

Staring down the barrel of a fourth loss in five weeks, the Tigers recovered from a 25-point deficit midway through the second quarter to stun the Bulldogs by 22 points at the MCG on Friday night.

Instead of dropping to 3-4 ahead of next week’s grand final rematch with Geelong, Richmond — missing Dustin Martin due to concussion — earned its fourth win of the season the hard way, winning 11.11 (77) to 7.13 (55) in front of 52,402 spectators.

Tigers spearhead Tom Lynch, who this week came under fire for his output this season, starred up forward by responding from an inaccurate first-half to finish with 3.5 and 12 marks.

The Tigers hit top gear during a third-quarter blitz, booting five straight goals and dominating the inside-50 count 18-5 for the term.

Richmond’s Liam Baker kicked the opening goal of the last quarter, but recalled Bulldogs forward Josh Schache cut the margin back to five points.

Veteran defender Bachar Houli stepped up when the Tigers needed him, with his set-shot from 50 metres bouncing over the line untouched.

Electric speedster Shai Bolton put the final nail in the Bulldogs’ coffin by kicking the next two goals.

Marcus Bontempelli’s missed set-shot on the half-time siren proved costly, with the Bulldogs captain blowing a golden opportunity to put the Bulldogs 24 points up at the main break.

If the Bulldogs had continued their winning ways, it would have been the first time since 1987 they had won seven straight matches.

But the result instead leaves Melbourne as the only unbeaten team ahead of the Demons’ clash with winless Kangaroos on Sunday.

Richmond will likely regain Martin for next Friday night’s blockbuster against the Cats.

The Tigers were also missing Kane Lambert (calf), while the Bulldogs lost midfielder Josh Dunkley (shoulder) and ruckman Tim English in last week’s victory over Greater Western Sydney.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin was subbed out late in the match with a hamstring complaint.


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Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey to have finger surgery in the wake of Magpies’ 22-point AFL win

Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey will undergo finger surgery this weekend after injuring himself during his five-goal display against Geelong.

De Goey injured the flexor tendon in his right middle finger in the third quarter of the Magpies’ 22-point win in Perth on Thursday night.

He kicked three of his five goals in the final term but finished the match with strapping on his right hand.

De Goey will remain with the Magpies squad in their Western Australian hub while completing his recovery.

The 24-year-old could be sidelined for up to two months, however the Magpies will not put a timeframe on his return.

“We will have a better idea of an expected return date following his surgery,” Magpies general manager of football Geoff Walsh said in a statement.

De Goey had returned to the Magpies line-up for the Cats encounter after missing last week’s victory over Hawthorn in Sydney.

Earlier this month he was charged with indecent assault over an alleged incident from 2015.

The win over the Cats was the Magpies’ fourth of the season, moving them into provisional second place on the ladder.

They will not have to play again until July 26, when they face West Coast in the second match of their Perth stay.

The Magpies’ win over the Cats moved them to second spot on the ladder.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Meanwhile, the Magpies have suspended the memberships of two supporters after they made offensive comments on social media following Thursday night’s match.

The club did not outline the nature of the comments but said the two members would complete a respect and responsibility education course before their memberships would be restored.

“The posts were not acceptable and we have an obligation to call them out,” Magpies chief executive Mark Anderson said.

“Tolerance, the celebration of difference and respect are qualities important to what we are striving for at Collingwood but none of these grant anyone the right to insult and demean others.

“We expect better of everyone involved with the club.”


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