Tigers Look To Continue Winning Run

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Jack Riewoldt has kicked 15 goals in his last two outings against the Saints. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
Last Five Matches

Round 2, 2013 – Richmond 99 d St Kilda 82 at MCG
Round 10, 2012 – Richmond 121 d St Kilda 113 at Etihad Stadium
Round 2, 2011 – St Kilda 95 drew Richmond 95 at MCG
Round 21, 2010 – St Kilda 115 d Richmond 94 at Etihad Stadium
Round 11, 2010 – St Kilda 97 d Richmond 59 at Etihad Stadium


Form

     Rd 9       Rd 10       Rd 11       Rd 12       Rd 13   
Richmond    L  W  B  W  W
St Kilda   L  L  L  B  W

Outside of Hawthorn, Richmond could well lay claim to being the AFL’s form team. Five wins in six outings is impressive, especially when it takes in to account away wins against Port Adelaide and West Coast. With St Kilda , North Melbourne and Gold Coast to come, the Tigers could easily be on a six-game run before a monster clash with Fremantle at the MCG in round 17.

St Kilda will be doing well to win six games all year. The Saints have won the two they should have – GWS and Melbourne – but apart from that they just have a solitary victory to their credit. At least Nick Riewoldt and Nick Dal Santo got to celebrate their 250th games with a win, even if St Kilda could only put Melbourne away by 35 points .

The Tigers have suffered a blow with Ivan Maric out with a groin injury. He’s replaced by mature-age second-year big man Orren Stephenson. The Saints are without the suspended Tom Simpkin.


Key Men

(Tigers) Jack Riewoldt – He hasn’t set the world on fire often this season, but Richmond’s work in the forward 50 looks much better with Jack Riewoldt not being the sole target. In saying that, he has kicked 15 goals in his past two matches against the Saints, both of which the Tigers have won. With defender Sam Fisher undergoing season-ending toe surgery this week, there is one less option for the Coleman Medal holder.

(Saints) Leigh Montagna – With Nick Dal Santo down on form and Lenny Hayes still out with a hamstring injury, plenty of responsibility is falling on the shoulders of Leigh Montagna . Most weeks he is coming up with the goods, including last weekend when he finished with 35 touches against the Demons. It was the fifth time in the past seven matches he has led the Saints’ possession tally.


Prediction

St Kilda was less than convincing against Melbourne last week, even though you could probably add a couple of goals worth of effort to the Demons regular output, given they were playing for a new coach. There wasn’t much between the teams in their round two encounter, but Jack Riewoldt’s seven-goal haul saw the Tigers home. You would expect the Tigers to have too much class through the middle, although the influence of Ivan Maric will be missed greatly. It’s a chance for Saints ruckman Ben McEvoy to really put his stamp on a game this season. Richmond by 28 points .


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