Last 5 Times:
R14, 2015, Richmond 10.18 (78) d Greater Western Sydney 10.9 (69) at the MCG
R19, 2014, Richmond 13.11 (89) d Greater Western Sydney 8.14 (62) at the MCG
R10, 2014, Richmond 24.10 (154) d Greater Western Sydney 5.11 (41) at Spotless Stadium
R22, 2013, Richmond 25.13 (163) d Greater Western Sydney 6.6 (42) at Spotless Stadium
R12, 2012, Richmond 11.20 (86) d Greater Western Sydney 12.2 (74) at Spotless Stadium
Top SC scorers from last game:
GWS: Griffen 119, Shaw 110, Shiel 106, Ward 102, Scully 101
Richmond: Cotchin 132, Edwards 121, Houli 117, Martin 113, Rance 111
IN: Ryan Griffen
OUT: Adam Kennedy (Omitted)
IN: Ty Vickery, Kane Lambert, Adam Marcon, Bachar Houli
OUT: Jason Castagna (Omitted), Liam McBean (Omitted), Ben Griffiths (Groin), Shane Edwards (Calf)
Last week’s win over Port Adelaide was Greater Western Sydney’s 12th for the year, a new record for the club, and they’ll be keen to repeat the dose against Richmond, a team they’ve never beaten. The Giants sit in second spot on the ladder, one of six teams on 12 wins for the season, so they will be well aware of the importance surrounding this clash in Canberra. The Tigers showed some good signs against Hawthorn last week but fell away badly after half-time, so coach Damien Hardwick will want a strong showing on Saturday afternoon. It’s Richmond’s first visit to the nation’s capital and if the Giants maintain the intensity they showed in the second half against the Power, the Tigers will have a tough flight home.
The 6 Points
1. When these two sides last played the Giants led by five points at half-time and 15 at three-quarter time, before the Tigers overran them. Trent Cotchin was the difference with 33 disposals, two goals and seven tackles.
2. No team has kicked the football more this season than GWS, who are averaging 222.2 per game; the Tigers are sixth at 207.1 per game.
3. The Giants and the Tigers have met five times and Richmond has won all of them, with two of the victories coming by more than 100 points.
4. GWS is the number one clearance side after 17 games averaging 41 per game, while Richmond has struggled in this area, ranked 11th at 36.2 per game.
5. The Giants have overtaken Adelaide as the highest scoring side in 2016, kicking 109 points per game; the Tigers are a long way back with 84 points per game.
6. Richmond midfielder Dustin Martin has continued his rise up the Official Player Ratings, he’s now ranked 26th after being 54th in the competition after round five.
Mottsy’s tip: GWS by 60
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