Dustin Martin back with a bang, Tom Lynch boots six in Richmond Tigers big win over Collingwood Magpies

DUSTIN Martin is again in enterprise, Tom Lynch is again to his dominant greatest and Richmond is again within the eight after a blue-collar efficiency towards Collingwood on the MCG reminded the competitors of the sleeping big lurking within the shadows.

The Tigers misplaced two of their most necessary gamers – Dion Prestia and Nick Vlastuin – to sickness on Friday afternoon, however had been hardly ever challenged within the conventional Saturday afternoon timeslot between two conventional rivals. 

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Damien Hardwick’s facet has now levelled the ledger at 4-4 after brushing apart a disappointing black and white outfit to file a 17.11 (113) to 12.14 (86) win. 

The Magpies solely remained inside placing distance within the first half as a consequence of Richmond’s wastefulness in entrance of aim, earlier than kicking 4 objectives in a row late within the recreation after Richmond led by 47 factors early within the fourth quarter.

It was all about Martin within the build-up with the celebrity midfielder returning for the primary time since taking private go away in spherical one – and simply the second time since struggling a lacerated kidney on the Gold Coast in spherical 18 final season – however Lynch continued his resurgence to leapfrog Tom Hawkins to steer the Coleman Medal race.

After two injury-interrupted seasons, the Richmond star has re-emerged as one of many premier key forwards within the recreation throughout the previous fortnight. Lynch booted 7.5 towards West Coast in Perth final Friday night time – essentially the most scoring pictures in a recreation this season – after which adopted it up with one other excessive output efficiency that might have confirmed much more damaging, given he missed just a few possibilities. 

The 29-year-old booted 63 objectives in his first season at Punt Street in 2019, however solely managed 67 throughout two pandemic-affected seasons in 2020 and 2021. Proper now, nobody has kicked extra objectives than Lynch, who moved to 27 after booting 6.1 from 25 disposals and 11 marks on Saturday.

Martin gathered his first disposal 5 minutes in and each time he touched the ball it was met with a loud roar from the Richmond devoted. It took a while for him to get going, however earlier than the top of the primary quarter, Martin dished off a signature fend-off and the umpire selected to not spoil the event, given it was excessive. 

From there the 2017 Brownlow Medal winner blew out the cobwebs, producing a handful of dazzling shows that reminded the competitors of his brilliance. A trademark snap across the physique from the pocket within the final quarter put the ending touches on a powerful return, gathering 23 touches and two objectives.

Collingwood kicked 4 objectives late to enhance the underside line, however on the finish of the day, it was too little, too late for the Magpies.

Massive deal, huge efficiency
With the ink nonetheless drying on the five-year deal he signed on Friday morning, Jayden Brief put a full cease on a momentous week for the gamebreaker. The 26-year-old burst out the blocks on the MCG and celebrated a giant week in type, amassing 27 disposals, six inside 50s and 708 metres gained. The 2020 Jack Dyer Medal winner has established himself as certainly one of Richmond’s most damaging gamers throughout the previous 24 months.

Flu-hit trio battle on
Final week it was gastro, this week it was the person flu. Craig McRae has been dealt a troublesome hand throughout the previous fortnight. Brayden Maynard, Nick Daicos and Taylor Adams entered the sport after lacking coaching through the week as a consequence of sickness. Daicos continued his nice begin to his profession, ending with 25 disposals and 418 metres gained, whereas Adams had a crack as at all times, gathering 29 touches. 

Ginnivan within the thick of it once more
Not many gamers have generated as a lot dialogue as Jack Ginnivan throughout the primary two months of the season. From GoPro-gate to the peroxide blond hair, the Anzac Day Medal-winning efficiency and the aftermath that noticed the management group remind him of group guidelines, Ginnivan is a strolling headline. {The teenager} was focused by Richmond from the opening bounce and struggled to interrupt free within the first three quarters, however nonetheless discovered a solution to make an influence, ending with three majors to trigger complications for the Tigers. Ginnivan now has 17 on the board from seven video games, huge numbers from a small ahead.

RICHMOND         3.3       9.7       13.10       17.11 (113)
COLLINGWOOD        2.3      5.7       8.11     12.14 (86)

Richmond: Lynch 6, Martin 2, Riewoldt 2, Bolton 2, Castagna, Cotchin, Lambert, Pickett
Collingwood:  Ginnivan 3, Mihocek 2, Hoskin-Elliott 2, Henry 2, Crisp, Adams, McCreery

Richmond: Lynch, Brief, Graham, Cotchin, Bolton, Martin, Balta 
Collingwood:  Crisp, Adams, Lipinski, N. Daicos, Cameron, Pendlebury

Richmond: Nil   
Collingwood: Quaynor (finger)

Richmond:   Sydney Stack
Collingwood: Jack Madgen 

Crowd: 64,481 on the MCG

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