Where and when: MCG, 7:50pm (AEST)
Last time they met: The 2020 GF: Richmond 12.9 (81) DEF Geelong 7.8 (50) at The Gabba.
The under lights Gabba clash had it all: injury carnage, a remarkable recovery, a comeback, two stretchers, pitch invaders, pyrotechnics and an entertainment package that will make the debate for day Grand Finals a harder sell in 2021. But mainly it again illustrated the brilliance of Martin and the Tigers, who came from 15 points down at half-time to secure their 13th flag and first consecutive flag since their 1973-4 triumphs. In a game full by superstars on both sides, it was Richmond’s who rose to the occasion. Martin was again exceptional, following his 2017 and 2019 deciders with another standout game. The game’s best player proved it with a high-impact game across half-forward, while Patrick Dangerfield, Geelong’s own match-winner, was subdued. Geelong Coleman medallist Tom Hawkins kicked one goal from 10 disposals, with Mitch Duncan (25 disposals, one goal) the Cats’ best.
Match Preview: The Tigers aren’t getting any favours with the draw at the moment. Fresh off facing the Dees and Dogs, now they’ve got to front up and play the Cats. They’ll be coming in confident after a win last week but know that the Cats will be playing with a bit of fire in the belly after losing in the last game of 2020. Should be a ripper.
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