Venue: MCG at 3:20pm AEST
Last 5 Times:
R20, 2015, Richmond 22.6 (138) d Gold Coast 8.7 (55) at the MCG
R1, 2014, Gold Coast 12.15 (87) d Richmond 10.9 (69) at Metricon Stadium
R16, 2013, Richmond 6.17 (53) d Gold Coast 6.8 (44) at Cazalys Stadium
R16, 2012, Gold Coast 13.12 (90) d Richmond 13.10 (88) at Cazalys Stadium
R17, 2011, Gold Coast 12.13 (85) d Richmond 9.16 (70) at Cazalys Stadium
Top SC scorers from last game:
Richmond: Martin 123, Vickery 113, Rance 105, Deledio 105, Lambert 103
Gold Coast: Hall 127, Kolodjashnij 109, May 99
In: Dylan Grimes, Reece Conca, Jayden Short
Out: Steven Morris (Knee), Troy Chaplin (Om.), Jake Batchelor (Om.)
In: Trent McKenzie, Rory Thompson, Sam Day, Sean Lemmens
Out: Keegan Brooksby (om.), Mackenzie Willis (Om.), Callum Ah Chee (Calf), Aaron Hall (Om.)
Game notes: After their big loss to North Melbourne last week, the Tigers were roundly condemned and again written off for the season. Facing a struggling Gold Coast at the MCG this week, expect Richmond to respond. Their season is not yet done and until it is mathematically impossible to play finals, the Tigers will keep believing.
Gold Coast definitely can’t play finals but Eade felt his team had shown something against the Swans last week. Whether it was the biblical rainfall or an improvement in performance last week remains to be seen.
The 6 Points
1. Richmond thrashed Gold Coast in the second half the last time the sides played, kicking 14 goals to three. Ty Vickery kicked four goals and Dustin Martin was best on ground with 29 disposals, six tackles and three goals.
2. Since winning their first three games, the Suns have lost eight consecutive matches. Five of their defeats have been by more than 50 points, conceding an average score of 132 points a game.
3. The Suns are ranked second-last for inside 50s this season, averaging 46.1 a game. They’re ranked 14th for scoring with an average of 80 points a game.
4. Richmond is ranked equal-eighth in centre clearances with an average of 13.5 a game. This should be an advantage against the Suns, who rank 16th with an average of 11.5 a game.
5. Gold Coast will be looking for its first win at the MCG since round five, 2014. The Suns have played nine times at the MCG in their history for two wins.
6. Richmond midfielder Shaun Grigg has climbed 25 spots in the AFL Player Ratings in the past fortnight. He had a career-high 38 possessions against North Melbourne in round 11.
Thommo’s tip: Richmond by 30 points.
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