Where and when: MCG, 7:50pm (AEST)
Last time they met: R9 2020: Western Bulldogs 7.7 (49) DEF BY Richmond 13.12 (90) at Metricon Stadium.
The game was set up in the first half, as Richmond jumped to a 20-point lead at the opening change and extended it to 40 points by half-time. The Bulldogs were more competitive after the main break but the damage had been done. Dustin Martin (three goals) was best afield in a commanding display, key forwards Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt combined for three goals to find some of their form, while captain Trent Cotchin returned from his hamstring injury to gather 17 disposals. Jack Macrae, in his 150th game, was one of few Bulldogs to step up to the Tigers, gathering 37 disposals, while Caleb Daniel (22 disposals) and Mitch Wallis (three goals) were also solid.
Match Preview: The Tiges are looking a little fallible this year after getting knocked off by the Swans, Power and Dees. They’ll argue that the real footy doesn’t start until August but the loss of Dusty to concussion places them under even more pressure. Meanwhile, the Dogs look absolutely magnificent but have their own injury concerns with Dunkley’s shoulder.
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