Richmond has sounded an ominous warning to its rivals by demolishing the Western Bulldogs by 41 points in Carrara, as the AFL enters a period of 33 matches in just 20 days.
- Richmond move back inside the AFL top four as a result of the win over the Bulldogs
- Dustin Martin and Jake Aarts kicked three goals each for the Tigers
- The AFL is cramming 33 matches into 20 consecutive days as part of its efforts to complete the season
The Tigers, who were without premiership players Daniel Rioli and Jack Graham or the injured Nick Vlastuin, blew the Bulldogs away in a dominant opening half before going on to seal a 13.12 (90) to 7.7 (49) win.
The Tigers’ fifth win of 2020 lifts them up to third on the ladder, as the AFL embarks on what has been described as a “festival of footy” in a desperate effort to get the season completed.
As well as the four competition points, Tigers coach Damien Hardwick will be delighted with a dominant display by superstar midfielder Dustin Martin.
The dual Norm Smith medallist was at his best, kicking three goals and picking up 26 disposals in a dominant performance.
Tall forward Tom Lynch also shook off some of his recent slumber, kicking two goals for the Tigers.
The Tigers set up their win with 10 goals to three by half-time, with Jake Aarts kicking three goals and Jason Castagna picking up two majors and seven marks.
Mitch Wallis continued his good form in front of goal for the Bulldogs with three goals, while Laitham Vandermeer had two for the evening.
Playing in his 150th match, Bulldog Jackson Macrae was busy in a well-beaten team, leading the match with 37 disposals.
Adding to the Bulldogs’ pain, they lost Matt Suckling in the opening term to a hamstring injury, creating a selection headache ahead of Monday’s match against ladder-leading Port Adelaide.
The Tigers will be out to build on their performance on Tuesday when they play second-placed Brisbane in Carrara in the third of four matches in 16 days for the reigning premiers.