Venue: MCG at 7:20pm AEST
Last Time They Met: Rd 1, 2016: Richmond 14.8 (92) def Carlton 12.11 (83)
Game notes: Despite Carlton and Richmond having poor 2016 seasons, the fans of both teams share Round 1 optimism, confident their boys can start the season well. While Brendon Bolton’s Blues have few expectations after trading in still more young Giants in the off-season, they have traditionally pushed the Tigers in this fixture. With Cripps having an interrupted pre-season, it will take a big effort for him to do the heavy lifting tonight, but his star is on the rise and the task is not beyond him.
Unlike Carlton, the Tigers have had a more impressive pre-season and they have traded well, bringing Caddy, Prestia and Nankervis into the fold, so they have no excuses. The Tigers’ fans and Damien Hardwick expect, and will accept, nothing less than a victory to start 2017.
Gentlemen, start your engines!
Thommo’s Tip: Richmond by 30 points.
Mottsy’s Tip: Carlton to cover the line.
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