The Giants receive the Hawks, while the Tigers beat the Eagles by 35 points to return to the top eight, despite Dustin Martin leaving the field with a hamstring injury.
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Tigers triumph over Eagles
Richmond has overcome the loss of superstar Dustin Martin to a hamstring injury in an important 35-point AFL win over the West Coast.
The Tigers returned to the top eight after challenging in the third quarter to win 20.8 (128) to 13.15 (93) in the MCG on Sunday.
Daniel Rioli (28 divestments), Jayden Short (21) and Marlion Pickett (25) contributed strongly to Richmond, who moved Sydney and St Kilda to seventh place by a percent.
Martin looked slick with 17 disposals, eight goals, four distances and 359 meters gained before leaving the field in the third term.
He failed a fitness test on the boundary line and was replaced by what the club described as “hamstring awareness”.
Both sides were one man behind when West Coast lost injury-plagued utility Elliot Yeo to a more serious hamstring problem at about the same stage of the match.
The humble Eagles got a lift off Nic Naitanui’s return from a knee injury, with Tim Kelly (40 divestments, nine evictions) and Luke Shuey (26, 11) busy at the feet of the ruck star.
Naitanui was influential on strikes, finishing with 19 disposals, 26 hit-outs and six clearances as the Eagles won the clearance battle (45-31).
Kelly capped an excellent individual display with two goals and Jamie Cripps kicked three.
Richmond had more firepower on offense, split the score and took their chances.
Jack Riewoldt (three), Shai Bolton, Shane Edwards, Tom Lynch, Kamdyn McIntosh, Liam Baker and Pickett (two each) all scored multiple goals.
It was a messy opening, plagued by a series of skill errors on foot from both sides.
Martin and Rioli were the exceptions, as their slick use of the ball helped Richmond score the last four goals of the first half and take a 34-point lead at the main break.
They increased the advantage to a whopping 39 points before the Eagles enjoyed a brief stint of dominance after Martin and Yeo left.
The visitors kicked 6.5 to 4.1 for the third quarter and a shock was on the cards when debutant Zane Trew calmly converted a free kick to narrow the margin to 11 points.
But the Tigers held out through Liam Baker when Naitanui’s confusion with Ivan Soldo of the ball resulted in Shannon Hurn’s defense being converted into a Richmond free kick close to goal.
Eagles forward Jack Darling beat Josh Gibcus to kick an early goal but was kept fairly quiet in his 250th game.
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