Martin runs amok as Zorko falls flat
RICHMOND copied the GWS blueprint and tagged Dayne Zorko out of the game for the second time this year.
Prized Tiger recruit Dion Prestia had produced a mediocre first season at Punt Road until producing his best performance in the 31- point victory at Etihad Stadium.
It is a pity Brisbane did not have an effective plan for Dustin Martin who ran amok, surely pocketing another three Brownlow votes after collecting 40 possessions, kicking two goals and winning 14 clearances in the 16.16 ( 112) to 12.9 ( 81) win.
But he may face MRP scrutiny after collecting antagonistic Lion Nick Robertson with a swinging left to the head.
Prestia, the former Sun, ran with Zorko, Brisbane’s most potent offensive weapon and the clear leader of their club championship to date.
A week after Zorko produced one of the best individual performances of the season against Geelong, he was restricted to just 11 touches.
Zorko’s effort against the Cats was the third highest ranking game by of- Tigers’ ficial statisticians Champion Data of the season.
It was also only the second time a player had gathered 35 or more possessions, had double- figure tackles and clearances and kicked four goals.
The Tigers clearly saw him as the major threat and challenged Prestia to make a difference.
GWS midfielder Sam Reid tagged Zorko in Rd 14, restricting him to just five possessions and the worst game of his career.
Nick Robertson was also reported for a headbutt
WRAPPED UP: Stannis Agita of the Hermit Park Tigers is tackled by Bulldogs player Rim Kris.