Where and when: Adelaide Oval, Saturday, April 8, 4.05pm ACST
Last time they met: Adelaide Oval, round 12, 2018: Port Adelaide 10.12 (72) defeated Richmond 8.10 (58)
The Power kicked seven of their 10 goals in a dynamic second quarter to set up the 14-point victory. Chad Wingard had 31 disposals, Ollie Wines had 29 and Justin Westhoff kicked three goals for the Power, while Jack Riewoldt kicked three majors for the Tigers.
What it means for Port Adelaide: The Power can improve to 3-1 for the season and bounce back from a hard-fought 17-point loss to Brisbane at the Gabba last Saturday night.
What it means for Richmond: It’s a critical game for the 2017 premiers. A loss to the Power would leave the Tigers reeling at 1-3 after the first month of the season.
How Port Adelaide wins: Run, run, run. Transition the ball quickly out of defence, get it flowing through the midfield and allow Robbie Gray, Brad Ebert and young gun Connor Rozee to be effective up forward.
How Richmond wins: The Tigers need their second-tier players to step up to help them overcome the loss of their experienced stars. Jack Riewoldt (wrist) and Alex Rance (knee) are already sidelined, Dustin Martin is suspended and Trent Cotchin injured his hamstring in last weekend’s 49-point loss to Greater Western Sydney.
The stat: Since Dustin Martin made his AFL debut in 2010, at least two of Martin, Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin have played in every game for Richmond. Tigers coach Damien Hardwick has never been without the entire quartet.
The match-up: Scott Lycett v Toby Nankervis
Lycett has been outstanding since moving to the Power, sharing the ruck duties with Paddy Ryder while also playing up forward. Nankervis will have his hands full dealing with the Power’s ruck combo. Nankervis is the seventh-ranked ruckman in the Schick AFL Player Ratings – and No.58 overall. Lycett started the season ranked 299th overall, but has rocketed up to 226th, and 14th among ruckmen.
It’s a big week for: Kane Lambert
The 27-year-old takes on a more significant role in the Tigers midfield with Cotchin and Martin ruled out. Lambert often goes unnoticed, but he’s an experienced ball-winner who will have his hands full dealing with Travis Boak, Ollie Wines and Sam Powell-Pepper.
Big call: Former Power captain Boak to continue his stellar start to the season, finishing the game with at least 40 disposals.
Thommo’s Tip: Port by lots!
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