Richmond's Jack Riewoldt wants more goals in Round 2 against Carlton. Image courtesy of couriermail.com.au
RICHMOND v CARLTON
Thursday March 27, 6.45pm (AEST)
This match is sure to be packed full of drama as the Tigers and Blues face off once again in a repeat of last year's classic Elimination Final. Richmond were back in the finals for the first time in about a 100 years and the Blues only made it as they finished ninth and Essendon were dumped out. Despite the gap in class, Carlton still matched up well against the Tigers last season, having beaten them late in the season to cost Richmond a top-four spot. And the Blues took that form into their first final, coming from behind to beat the Tigers in a blockbuster clash. Expect Richmond and the Tigers' faithful to be aching for the chance to hit them back hard.
- Interesting to see what crowd comes along to this game after the AFL made it a Round 2 clash instead of the season opener. And, especially after both clubs lost in the opening round
- Richmond forward Jack Riewoldt was an isolated figure up front for the Tigers in their loss to Gold Coast. Richmond only hit him up on three occasions in the forward line, leaving him with less to do than James Hird.
Carlton CEO Greg Swann had this to say about Andrew Walker, who got himself suspended for this week's match after slinging Port's Angus Monfries into a fence: "It hurts 'cause he's obviously one of our better players, finished second in the best and fairest last year and he's fit and he's going to sit in the grand stand. It's not clever that's for sure and he knows it. It's just borne out of frustration the game had been slipping away… he can't explain it and nor can we. It's disappointing but it is what it is and hopefully he comes back and makes amends in Round 3
Last five games (includes 2013 season)
L 18 Gold Coast
L 20 Carlton (elimination final)
W 29 Essendon
W 121 GWS
L 10 Carlton
L 33 Port Adelaide
L24 Sydney (semi-final)
W 20 Richmond (elimination final)
W 1 Port Adelaide
L 6 Essendon
Last five between clubs
Carl, Carl, Rich, Carl, Carl
Brett Deledio's the man for Rchmond as he delivered a 33-possession performance that delivered the fantasy points as he also picked up eight clearances.
Cold hard fact
Carlton have won 11 of the last 12 clashes between the two sides.
Blues look a little undermanned in this one. Chris Judd is a few weeks off, Andrew Carrazzo won't be there as he looks to build up game time in the VFL and Andrew Walker is suspended. Although Richmond may miss omitted Alex Rance, they look to have too much firepower and too much motivation in this one. Tigers by 13 points.
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