WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday, April 29, 3.20pm AEST
SUMMARY: It’s an AFL dream: Collingwood and Richmond firing and facing off in front of a packed house at the MCG. The Tigers are atop the AFL ladder for the first time in a home and away season since 1995, and if they win this one they’ll have claimed a club record of 12 successive victories at the MCG, passing a record set in 1974-75. The AFL’s pressure kings will subject the handball-happy Magpies to their sternest test yet. The Pies have also won their past three games, and have claimed the scalps of Adelaide and Essendon in the past fortnight, to rocket into fifth spot. The midfield battle is mouth-watering – Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin and co. versus Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Adam Treloar. Raw Pies big man Mason Cox has found some form and might well ask questions of Alex Rance and David Astbury.
LAST FIVE TIMES:
R2, 2017, Richmond 14.15 (99) d Collingwood 11.14 (80) at the MCG
R20, 2016, Richmond 14.8 (92) d Collingwood 11.11 (77) at the MCG
R2, 2016, Collingwood 13.9 (87) d Richmond 12.14 (86) at the MCG
R21, 2015, Richmond 23.9 (147) d Collingwood 7.14 (56) at the MCG
R7, 2015, Richmond 16.9 (105) d Collingwood 15.10 (100) at the MCG
Father Dougal’s Tip: I doubt even the Mighty Mason Cox will be able to pull a resurgent Collingwood past the just darn impressive Tigers. Richmond by 20.
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