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Richmond beats Carlton by 15 points on wet night in the MCG as Tigers take top eight spot

Bookends Tom Lynch and Dylan Grimes helped Richmond to a 15-point win over a fast-finishing Carlton, pushing them back into the top eight in the AFL.

The Tigers, with three goals from Lynch and Grimes keeping Charlie Curnow quiet, led by a whopping 35 points and rode a huge challenge in the fourth quarter to take 11.15 (81) to 9.12 (66) victorious in a wet MCG.

The Tigers (8-5) have now won six of their last seven games and threaten to play a big game against Geelong next week.

But there was a sour note to their latest triumph, with great utility Noah Balta being substituted out of the game in the last term with a hamstring injury.

Already understaffed, Carlton lost Jack Martin (lower leg) and mid-season conscript Sam Durdin (knee) to injuries.

The Blues (9-4) also lost a chance to tie with each of the top three teams with 10 wins each.

Richmond scored their first six goals on Thursday night in persistent rain and led by 28 points early in the final term before three goals from Harry McKay in four minutes turned the game upside down.

A snap from Jack Newnes looked to have brought the Blues back within three points with all the momentum on their side, but was rightly scored on assessment.

Less than a minute later, Shai Bolton won a game with Sam Docherty at half-forward, setting up Maurice Rioli Jr, who passed to Shane Edwards for the Tigers’ stable goal.

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Bolton had caused controversy at the start of the last term when he taunted Docherty on his way to an open goal and it almost came back to bite him.

The incident apparently stemmed from an exchange during a three-quarter melee, which flared up when Patrick Cripps objected to a push from Dion Prestia that caused the Blues skipper to hit his head against teammate Sam Walsh’s leg.

Richmond midfielder Prestia (33 disposals, 13 eliminations) rose in the absence of superstar Dustin Martin, who missed due to illness.

Liam Baker (27 disposals), Kane Lambert (22) and ruckman Toby Nankervis were also influential as the Tigers’ engine room rose to the top.

Cripps had 34 disposals in his 150th game and Walsh (34) was going against the grain the entire time, while McKay finished with four goals.

Held scoreless in the final quarter against Essendon in round 13, Carlton failed to win a major against Richmond until George Hewett’s rushed snap kicked in after 16 minutes of the second term.

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