Rioli Jr is skilful enough to sneak through small gaps when he has the ball. When opposition defenders win ground balls, they know he is lurking which forces them to rush their disposal. He will improve Richmond which is a worry for the rest of the competition as the Tigers have now strung four wins on the trot.
Essendon won’t worry too many opponents this season as they aren’t good enough.
Essendon, on the other hand, won’t worry too many opponents this season as they aren’t good enough.
Opponents can too easily run the ball from deep into defence into their attack while the Bombers only looked like generating scores when they took the game on at half-back and moved the ball quickly. Their midfield group still gather disposals that don’t hurt the opposition much although with young players on every line they have not enough talent around them.
At least they responded to the criticism with Andy McGrath taking the opportunity to fly the flag and confront Lynch when he cannoned into the back of his teammate Matt Guelfi.
It was genuine from McGrath but the lack of Essendon players with a physical presence is obvious, particularly in colours once renowned for ruthlessness. Even when Redman tried to remind his opponent he was around, he was reported for elbowing Dion Prestia.
The game descended into a push and shove match about as productive as an argument on the Jerry Springer show.
The Bombers stayed in touch with the first two goals of the third quarter as the game descended into a push and shove match about as productive as an argument on the Jerry Springer show.
They hung in there as the Tigers blew chances to push the lead beyond reach with Lynch the main culprit kicking four behinds before three quarter-time. It was up to Riewoldt, in his 313th game – now second to Kevin Bartlett on the Tigers’ games list after passing Jack Dyer – to steady the ship when the Bombers drew within three goals.
His poise was handy as the Tigers were down to three men on the bench, but Robbie Tarrant stood tall when the Bombers challenged with two key defensive marks. Eventually, the Tigers ran the ball down the outer wing for Bolton to seal the match with his second goal. Liam Baker, Daniel Rioli and Prestia were outstanding.
Richmond’s 50-metre habit
The Tigers’ lack of discipline has bitten them before, but they keep on conceding more 50m penalties than any other team. Admittedly, it’s not hard to give away a 50m penalty nowadays, but there were few excuses for the six Richmond conceded against Essendon. At one stage, Bolton just placed the ball at his feet rather than giving it back to his opponent. That’s easy to fix if they are prepared to do so.
Richmond: Riewoldt 4, Bolton 2, Maurice Rioli Jr 2, Edwards, Castagna, Soldo.
Essendon: Hobbs 2, Francis, Perkins, Shiel, Bryan, Waterman.
Richmond: Bolton, Baker, Daniel Rioli, Prestia, Vlastuin, Nankervis, Riewoldt.
Essendon: Parish, Redman, McGrath.