Game Chat – Richmond v Sydney

Written by Thommo on April 20 2019

Where and when: Marvel Stadium, Saturday April 20, 7.25pm AEST

Last time they met: Marvel Stadium, round 15, 2018: Richmond 14.9 (93) defeated Sydney 11.1 (67)

Richmond held Sydney at bay for most of the match until a flurry of Swans goals cut the margin to just four points at the first minute of the last term. It was the last time Sydney would score.

What it means for Richmond: After an undermanned team caused an upset win on the road over Port Adelaide, another four points would boost confidence in the young cubs even further at Punt Road.

What it means for Sydney: At one and three, the ledger could get ugly for the Swans if they don’t start getting wins on the board, especially ahead of a battle with crosstown rivals Greater Western Sydney.

How Richmond wins: The Tigers were back to their hassling best last week, and have the speed across the ground to beat the Swans, particularly in the midfield and across half-forward.

How Sydney wins: The blueprint has been set for how to defeat Richmond. Retain possession across half-back using kicks, denying the small forwards the opportunity to pounce on a loose ball.

The stat: Richmond is averaging 339.3 disposals a match after four weeks, the fewest of any club. While in recent years, the Tigers haven’t been the biggest ball-winners, (averaging 366.8 in 2018 and 364.7 in 2017), the downward turn is an issue.

The match-up: Lance Franklin v Dylan Grimes

Franklin v Alex Rance has been an enthralling battle over the years, but with Rance injured and David Astbury not quick enough, the shorter but agile Grimes (196th overall) will have to stand up.

It’s a big week for: Aliir Aliir

After taking on one of the biggest men in the game in Braydon Preuss, Aliir will be faced with another big task, lining up on the in-form Tom Lynch. After a pre-season on the sidelines, Lynch is just starting to hit his straps in his new colours, coming off a six-goal haul.

Big call: It’s been a relatively quiet few weeks for the lookalike pair, but Richmond’s Jack Higgins and Sydney’s Ben Ronke will kick three goals each under the roof.

Thommo’s Tip: Richmond by 20 points.

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33 thoughts on “Game Chat – Richmond v Sydney”

  1. No Late Changes

    Richmond Interchange
    Jack Higgins
    Shai Bolton
    Noah Balta
    Sydney Stack

    Sydney Interchange
    Jackson Thurlow
    James Rowbottom
    Ben Ronke
    Luke Parker

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  2. Who scores more tonight ?

    T/U …….Stack

    T/D …….Balta

    I’m predicting they will score 126 between then.

    Could be stack 94 and Balta 32 …..or the other way around.

    Sydney to win this one.

    Buddy ( No Rance) 7 + snags and BOG

    Its been that sort of round!

    Oh.. and Dusty to go >80. Hewitt.

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  3. So if you have the ball in your defensive 50 and with no pressure kick it 20 metres to the opposition. They mark it uncontested then kick a goal.
    Who many points should the defender loose?
    Now if that defender is Lloyd how many?

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      1. So today zwilliams lost 11 points for a 50 mtr penalty ,8 points then 3 more for the goal.
        No lost points for lloyds clanger ?

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  4. HALF TIME

    RICH 59 vs SYD 26

    RICH
    D.Martin 59
    Prestia 69
    Stack 47
    J.Ross 36
    Nankervis 24

    SYD
    Parker 59
    JPK 58
    Heeney 49
    Lloyd 37
    Buddy 23
    Mills 22

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  5. Satck controlling things beautifully across half back, looks like he’s played 100 games. Very composed and should be safe for a few weeks at least…….

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  6. Who has the C to use yet?
    As I can’t use the VC I need to pick right as my H2H is within points.
    TU- Cripps
    TD- Danger
    Comment – crouch v Gold Coast

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      1. I messed up and put the E on Wagner and his score is poor and would need to take it to use the VC instead of the prospective score from Atkins

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  7. The way the Tigers are playing, it’s really hard to see who goes out for Cotchin. At this stage I think it may be Ross. Baker, Stack and Bolton playing their roles beautifully at the moment. Ross also having a great game IMO, but is probably more of a like for like with Cotchin. Whoever gets dropped will be very unlucky based on the first half tonight.

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    1. My guess would be Balta for Riewoldt and McIntosh for Cotch.
      Dusty would play the Mckintosh role, he’ll attend the centre clearance then play high forward.

      Tonight Dustin would attend the centre bounce then push forward and a forward would play mid.

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  8. Just checking scores on fanfooty lloyd kicked out from full back 60 pts to 66 no more poss went to 69 no more poss went to 72 then one 2metre handball now 75 points .joke

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  9. 3QTR TIME

    RICH 75 vs SYD 39

    RICH
    D.Martin 94 (21 touches & 3 goals)
    Prestia 94
    Stack 65
    J.Ross 49
    Nankervis 47
    Balta 34

    SYD
    JPK 85
    Lloyd 78
    Parker 77
    Heeney 68
    Buddy 53
    Mills 43

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  10. So i have the dilemma of taking Gawn’s 126 with constable of the captain’s loop but the emerg is on Scott who scored only 41.
    TU: Take the 41 and Gawn’s score leaving Constable onfield
    TD: Put Atkins on field instead of Constable and put the C on Cripps

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      1. 37 possessions, 135 dream team, but only 111 SuperCoach, indicating his possessions, while numerous, were not highly effective or influential. Still, 28 kicks, 9 marks, 9 handballs, 3 tackles, 703 metres gained… what should he have gotten? 80?

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          1. We’re all over it Bruce, but the guy scores SCpts for fun. His BE is now on the rise. I think we need to stop complaining and start planning when us non-owners exactly, will be bringing him in!

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  11. FULL TIME (pre scale)

    RICH 89 vs SYD 67

    RICH
    Prestia 120
    D.Martin 113
    Vlastion 85
    Stack 83
    Higgins 75
    J.Ross 56
    Nankervis 53
    Balta 51

    SYD
    Lloyd 112
    JPK 108
    Parker 101
    Heeney 97
    Buddy 73
    Mills 61

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    1. Missed him as well, opted for O’Brien and Hore instead. Happy with my decision so far, fingers crossed O’Brien can keep pumping out 85+ scores.

      Did you take someone instead of Stack, or just hold the trade?

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    2. I held off stack intentionally as i felt i didn’t had a midfield rookie that was ready to trade and knowing his tonne was in his price cycle for 1 round it made me feel he wasn’t going to go well. Always Ross next week if he can maintain his spot as 1 will surely go for Cotchin and for all we know it might even be Mcintosh

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