Game Chat – Port v Richmond

Written by Motts on October 16 2020

Where and when: Adelaide Oval, 7:50pm (AEDT)

Last time they met: R11, Port Adelaide 13.15 (93) d Richmond 11.6 (72)

Port Adelaide outlasted an undisciplined Richmond outfit despite dominating much of the afternoon. The Power’s double ruck act of Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams received its biggest tick, while Travis Boak, Ollie Wines and Tom Rockliff won the midfield battle. However, the Tigers took in an under-strength line-up without Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Dion Prestia and Bachar Houli.

Match Preview:ย It’s the new kids on the block up against a side playing its fourth straight preliminary final. Port Adelaide has lost just once on its home patch this year, and the Power will take confidence from their earlier win over Richmond and qualifying final effort against Geelong. However, Richmond has been here before and started to hit their straps in the semi-final triumph over St Kilda, with Tom Lynch back from injury and reigning best and fairest Dion Prestia peaking at the right time.

Motts Watch: Can the Power bring the heat they did against Geelong in the qualifying final? They’ll need to apply the same pressure to disrupt the Tigers. Ken Hinkley’s side held the Tigers to just 47 marks back in round 11 (their lowest tally of the season), and it should again be a focus to dominate possession and keep Richmond on the back foot. The Power also took their chances that day in a scintillating first half, scoring from 51 per cent of inside 50s, the third-highest percentage conceded by the Tigers all year. The Tigers were the No.1 team for marks inside 50 in the home and away season, and if the Power backs can limit Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch, they will have a big say on the outcome.
Mottsy’s Tip: I know it’s a Prelim but I just don’t rate Port. Tigers by 20.
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