Venue: MCG, Friday 6th May at 7:50am AEST
Past 5 times:
R18, 2015, Richmond 10.11 (71) d Hawthorn 7.11 (53) at the MCG
R6, 2014, Hawthorn 18.10 (118) d Richmond 7.10 (52) at the MCG
R19, 2013, Richmond 16.11 (107) d Hawthorn 9.12 (66) at the MCG
R9, 2012, Richmond 21.11 (137) d Hawthorn 10.15 (75) at the MCG
R3, 2011, Hawthorn 17.13 (115) d Richmond 6.16 (52) at the MCG
Best SC Scorers from last game:
- Richmond: Deledio 134, Miles 118, Maric 117, Rance 109
- Hawthorn: Lewis 121, Hodge 113, Mitchell 110
- In: Vlastuin, McIntosh, Griffiths, Short
- Out: Maric (Om.), Astbury (Om.), Lambert (Ribs), Cotchin (Cheekbone)
- In: Brand, Langford, Hartung
- Out: Frawley (Concussion), Hodge (Knee), Lovell (Om.)
Game notes: After 5 straight losses, Richmond is already on the brink of missing finals. The media is questioning whether Hardwick’s contract was re-signed prematurely and Captain Cotchin is missing through injury.
In short: Tigerland is not a great place to be at the moment.
Yet, despite meeting the reigning Premiers this week, it’s not all doom and gloom at Punt Road. The Hawks have struggled to find their best form in 2016 and historically they don’t play well against Richmond. Hawthorn goes in as favourite but would anyone be surprised if the Tigers won and kick-started their season?
The 5 Points
1. Anthony Miles and Dustin Martin were the difference for the Tigers when thy beat the Hawks in the teams’ last meeting. Miles was best on ground with 30 disposals, while Martin racked up 27. Ivan Maric dominated the ruck, earning a Brownlow vote with 31 hit-outs.
2. Richmond’s scoring continues to fall compared to last season, with an average of 80 points a game after it was 87 in 2015. Hawthorn is kicking 93 points a game, down from 109 in 2015.
3. The Hawks are one of the best tackling sides so far in 2016, ranked second with an average of 77.2. The Tigers are struggling in this area, ranked 15th with 62.2 per game.
4. Richmond and Hawthorn have met only three times on a Friday night at the MCG and the Tigers are undefeated.
5. Richmond is on track for its worst start to a season since Damien Hardwick’s team lost its first nine games in 2010. Hawthorn hasn’t lost consecutive games since early in 2014.
Thommo’s Tip: Hawthorn by 30 points.
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