Tigers back inside top four after scrappy win over Blues – AFL.com.au

IN A WEIRD round of football, there is something to be said for a conventional 28-point win.

We’ve seen snow, two record low scores, a handful of goalless quarters and a 21-consecutive goal run, but two traditional rivals played a typically soggy winter game at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

Richmond, recording its seventh consecutive win, was just a little bit too good for an outclassed Carlton, winning 11.7 (73) to 6.9 (45).

The Tigers celebrated Shane Edwards’ 250th game with a win. Picture: AFL Photos

Intermittently heavy rain sent poncho-clad fans scattering throughout the game, with Carlton’s decision to play three tall forwards in Harry McKay, Mitch McGovern and Levi Casboult an issue at ground level at times.

The Tigers don’t play pretty football. It can be exhilarating, high-octane and at times, confusing and over-possessive, but it’s not a classically beautiful game.

And initially, it didn’t need to be. The Blues struggled to get run out of defence, constantly thwarted in the first half by the loose defender in their forward line, whether that be Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli or Dylan Grimes.

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Vlastuin lived up to his nickname of “Tigger”; at one point almost literally bouncing out of defence, complete with a don’t argue, change of angle and bounce of the ball, before finishing with a perfect pass to Sydney Stack.

Carlton seriously struggled in front of the big sticks in the first half.

In fact, the Blues’ first goal eventually came in the 27th minute of the second term, when ruckman Matthew Kreuzer showed no signs of his two-week break for soreness, scooping up a poor Richmond kick off the deck and converting.

Kreuzer picks off the kick in and nails Carlton’s first goal of the day.pic.twitter.com/VC0eh69nGB

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Without Dustin Martin (soreness) and Trent Cotchin (hamstring), milestone men Dion Prestia (150 games) and Shane Edwards (250) seemed to bring their own rain-resistant footballs, while unlikely scorer Jack Graham (14 tackles) booted four goals in the first half.

The buzzer-beater from Jack Graham!#AFLTigersBluespic.twitter.com/LSqXLDldvX

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Nuggetty midfielder Prestia (35 disposals, 11 clearances) dominated the stoppages, while Edwards (27, nine tackles) floated between the middle and half-back.

Draftee Jack Ross’ return to the AFL after close to a three-month layoff with an ankle injury was a tough battle, the midfielder (21 touches) playing a run-with role on Brownlow Medal fancy Patrick Cripps.

The Blue was typically dominant, recording 37 disposals (20 contested), while Sam Petrevski-Seton (18) and Kade Simpson (33 and nine rebound-50s) provided good run out of defence.

Carlton came out in the third term with a renewed endeavour to move the ball quickly, denying Richmond the opportunity to set up a loose man behind the ball.

Shane Edwards gets on the scoreboard in game 250!#AFLTigersBluespic.twitter.com/SsvUpIYFPg

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Marc Murphy is no stranger to a curling goal from an MCG pocket in the wet, and after his shot was cleared by the goal-review system, duly saluted and rewarded his team’s efforts.

With the margin at 24 points at three-quarter time, Carlton had three failed shots on goal to open the fourth quarter.

Jack Riewoldt settled the nerves with a classic pack mark and conversion in the pouring rain.

But a fierce McGovern tackle on David Astbury was rewarded with a free kick, and the resultant goal cut the margin to just 17 points with seven minutes left on the clock.

Mitch McGovern lays a fierce tackle on David Astbury. Picture: AFL Photos

But the Tigers hung tough, with late goals to Josh Caddy and Jason Castagna taking the margin to 28 points and a 14th win for the season.

Caddy kicks the sealer.#AFLTigersBluespic.twitter.com/6ak2ogcpUM

— AFL (@AFL)August 11, 2019


Richmond:The Tigers seemed to get through unscathed.

Carlton:Aside from Mitch McGovern spending the opening eight minutes of the second half on the bench, it was a quiet day for the Blues.

Carlton will face St Kilda in the early game on Saturday at the MCG, while Richmond will play reigning premiers West Coast for the first time this season at the same ground the following day.

RICHMOND    3.2       6.4       8.6       11.7 (73)
CARLTON        0.2       1.6       4.6       6.9 (45) 

Graham 4, Lynch 2, Riewoldt 2, Edwards, Caddy, Castagna
Carlton:McGovern 2, Kreuzer, Murphy, Casboult, Gibbons 

Richmond:Prestia, Edwards, Vlastuin, Lambert, Graham
Carlton:Cripps, Simpson, Thomas, Petrevski-Seton, Silvagni



Umpires:Deboy, Whetton, Findlay

Official crowd:51,039 at the MCG

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