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Semi Final Sydney Showgrounds
Sun, 17 Sep 2017 • 17:25 WST
West Coast Greater Western Sydney
9.4 (58) 19.11 (125)
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Round 1 Perth Stadium
Sun, 25 Mar 2018 • 16:20 WST
West Coast v Sydney
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AFL Ladder

Team P % Pts
1. Adelaide 22 136.0 62
2. Geelong 22 117.4 62
3. Richmond 22 118.3 60
4. GWS Giants 22 114.9 60
5. Port Adel. 22 129.7 56
6. Sydney 22 126.8 56
7. Essenscum 22 106.5 48
8. West Coast 22 105.7 48
9. Melbourne 22 105.2 48
10. W. Bulldogs 22 97.1 44
11. St Kilda 22 96.9 44
12. Hawthorn 22 90.7 42
13. Coll'wood 22 99.0 38
14. Fremantle 22 74.4 32
15. North Melb. 22 87.6 24
16. Carlton 22 78.2 24
17. Gold Coast 22 76.0 24
18. Brisbane 22 74.3 20


by Matt Quinn
14th April 2016
There's no doubt about it, the Tigers definitely have the AFL's best club song. By miles. Unfortunately for Richmond supporters, over the last 25 years, it's been a rare thing when they've been able to belt out "Yellow and Black" post game. Again this year, they've got their supporters hopes up but have looked like it was false hope - if it's not to be false, they need to change things around now.

So we come to this match - Richmond's season is somewhat dependent on winning this game, and the Eagles will be desperate to add another to the "W" column in the early season, particularly at home. An interesting clash.


Squads

West Coast Ruck B Shannon Hurn (25)
Eric MacKenzie (16)
Jeremy McGovern (20)
Richmond Ruck
Nic Naitanui (9)  F Jack Reiwoldt (8)
Sam Lloyd (27)
Tyrone Vickery (29)
Shaun Hampson (16)
Andrew Gaff (3)  HB Brad Sheppard (5)
Will Schofield (31)
Jackson Nelson (30)
Shane Edwards (10)
Luke Shuey (13)  HF Kane Lambert (23)
Dustin Martin (4)
Kelvin Moore (40)
Trent Cotchin (9)
  C Elliot Yeo (6)
Matthew Priddis (11)
Lewis Jetta (23)
  C Connor Menadue (37)
Shaun Grigg (6)
Kamdyn McIntosh (33)
  HF Chris Masten (7)
Jack Darling (27)
Jack Redden (8)
  HB Nick Vlastuin (1)
Bachar Houli (14)
Brandon Ellis (5)
  F Mark LeCras (2)
Josh Kennedy (17)
Josh Hill (33)
  B David Astbury (12)
Alex Rance (18)
Troy Chaplin (25)
West Coast Interchange Scott Lycett (29), Liam Duggan (14), Jamie Cripps (15), Sam Butler (26),  
Taylor Hunt (28), Corey Ellis (32), Ben Lennon (7), Daniel Rioli (17), Richmond Interchange


Weather

Cloudy
Overnight Minimum:17

Changes

Despite a few niggles, the Eagles have made no changes to the team that beat the Dockers last week.

The Tigers have made two changes, swapping out Anthony Miles and Jayden Short for Andrew Moore and Taylor Hunt. Notably neither of ruckman Ivan Maric nor midfielder Brett Deledio are available.

Injuries and Suspensions

Richmond come into this match absent star player Brett Deledio (quad) and also missing ruckman Ivan Maric (back) who they've elected not to risk despite a game in the VFL last week. They're joining Reece Conca (hamstring) who'll miss the next month, big off season recruit Chris Yarran (foot) and Dylan Grimes (hamstring). Certainly it's a group that will leave the Tigers on the back foot.
Player Injury Weeks
MacKenzie Toe test
McGovern Shoulder test
Mutimer Hamstring test
Wellingham Knee test
Tunbridge Back test
Cripps Thigh test
Ellis Achilles 3-8
Brown Finger 7
Sheed Pec 7
Waterman Glandular Fever indef
Cavka Foot/Retired seas


Lead up

Apparently, if you were to believe the hype, 2016 was to be Richmond's season. Only three rounds have gone, so it could still be, but so far, it looks like Richmond are having a very .... well .... Richmond season. They managed to struggle home against Carlton in the first round, but since then have lost to the Collingwood (which is embarrassing) and a home loss to the Crowbots.

Equally, if you believe the hype, it's to be the Eagles' season. Of course, that's based on a Grand Final appearance last year, which usually gets you a nice high rating for the following year. The Eagles were scratchy against the Lions, abysmal against the Hawks and erratic in knocking off the Dockers last week. Being 2-1 is not a bad place to be at this point of the season, but as yet the Eagles don't seem to have used any of the gears that got 2015 up and going.

Matchups

The absence of Maric is a big advantage to the Eagles, as it now pits Nic Naitanui up against journeyman Shaun Hampson. The Eagles need to maximise this advantage and dominate the game in the middle and at clearances. The additional absence of Deledio certainly helps with that. The Eagles midfield should be able to get on top and get the ball forward.

Up forward, the Eagles will need to improve the goalkicking - a couple of forwards (Kennedy - 1.4, Cripps 0.3, LeCras 0.3) were pretty inaccurate last week, and will want to hurt Richmond on the scoreboard this week.

Defensively, the task is stopping Jack Reiwoldt without letting someone like Ty "Thug" Vickery loose to kick goals.

Recent Meetings

There's been a lot of talk about how good Richmond have done in Perth, but the last time they came here to play the Eagles was in 2014, when the Eagles were in rabble mode. However it is true that they did beat the then-flying Dockers here last year.

On the other hand, the last encounter, at the MCG saw the Eagles outplay the Tigers with an undermanned outfit in a season that defined both teams.
2015, Round 12 MCG
West Coast 4.3 7.6 12.8 13.12 (90)
Richmond 4.2 8.3 10.6 10.10 (70)
Fri 19th Jun 2015 West Coast by 20

2014, Round 18 Subiaco Oval
Richmond 3.2 5.6 7.8 8.11 (59)
West Coast 2.1 4.1 5.4 6.6 (42)
Fri 25th Jul 2014 Richmond by 17


Head to Head


Overall: West Coast 24 Richmond 16 Draws 0
At Subiaco Oval West Coast 13 Richmond 4 Draws 0

West Coast biggest win: 96 points; West Coast 20.15 (135) d Richmond 5.9 (39) at MCG, 1994, Round 3
Richmond biggest win: 77 points; Richmond 24.8 (152) d West Coast 11.9 (75) at Subiaco Oval, 2008, Round 15


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Summary

Richmond's form has been pretty awful so far this year, and without Deledio on top of everything else, it's hard to see how they could turn it around on a visit to Perth. The Eagles - other than in front of goals - looked to be restoring a bit of confidence and form last week, and should have a solid edge in this game

Prediction: West Coast by 28 points.



 
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