Richmond have kept their hopes of an AFL top-four finish alive but have had to work hard for a 27-point win over Fremantle.
- Tom Lynch equalled his best goal haul of the year for Richmond with three majors
- Blake Acres kept Richmond star Dustin Martin to his lowest number of disposals since 2013, the Tigers star only had 11 touches
- The 27-point win keeps Richmond inside the AFL’s top four
The Tigers were far from the team which has moved into premiership favouritism in recent weeks but had enough class to overcome the resilient Dockers with an 8.8 (56) to 4.5 (29) win at Metricon Stadium.
Tom Lynch kicked three goals, including one after the final siren, in a season-best equalling haul for the Tigers’ key forward.
Mitchell Crowden booted two goals for the Dockers, who despite playing a patient game with ball in hand failed to capitalise on periods of dominance with goals.
Out to atone for a 38-point loss to GWS last time out, the Dockers won the contested possessions count 112-108 against their more-lauded opponents with Blake Acres (27 disposals, five tackles, three clearances) influential in his role, which included successfully locking down Richmond star Dustin Martin.
Martin’s 11 disposals is his lowest return for an AFL match since round 21, 2013.
The Dockers couldn’t turn their efforts into points however, particularly in a wasteful second term where they went goalless despite having 10 inside 50s for the quarter.
Matthew Taberner’s late goal in the dying seconds of the first quarter was the only major the Dockers kicked for the half, with the big forward guilty of spurning two chances in the second quarter.
Fremantle skipper Nat Fyfe also missed a set shot as the Tigers held a 19-point advantage at the main break.
Goals to Michael Walters and Crowden cut that margin to just one kick by the final term but the Tigers turned up their intensity in the last quarter to kick clear against a tiring Dockers outfit.
The win is the Tigers’ sixth in their past seven games and lifts them temporarily up to second with 42 points from 15 games.
Fremantle are now 6-8 in 14th place and face a short turnaround before Monday’s clash with Melbourne in Cairns.