Tigers’ fortunes better by half
TWIN talls Jack Riewoldt and Ty Vickery reflected Richmond’s starkly contrasting workrates against North Melbourne last night.
Almost irrelevant in the first half, they were key components of the inevitable comeback against a ridiculously understrength North.
The pair shared a meagre five touches when the Tigers were stunned by the Kangaroos’ bruising intent for the first two quarters that threatened a monumental upset at Etihad Stadium.
But Riewoldt and Vickery stood up when required, sharing four goals and setting up a couple more amid the lastquarter scoring splurge of the 41-point win that really glossed over far more urgent Richmond concerns heading into a finals campaign.
Yes, the Tigers found a way back from a tardy start as a top-eight team should at this stage of the season. The ninegoal last quarter was their best against the Roos since 1995.
But the inability to find and feed Riewoldt and Vickery for nearly three quarters will be scrutinised by fellow finalists.
It was no surprise Richmond’s response after the dismal first half would start with ever reliable and clean ballhandlers Brett Deledio and Trent Cotchin at the centre bounces for the start of the third quarter.
Even when North Melbourne skipped to a 16-point lead, the Tigers were showing renewed endeavour and hunger for the contest.
Bachar Houli was prominent across the midfield and up forward to help fuel the fightback.
His long goal on the run was the first time the Tigers army had found their roar.
It sparked a run of five Tiger goals in a row to race to a 16point lead.