Courtenay Dempsey
Courtenay Dempsey

Richmond have notched their 10th win of the season with a scrappy 45-point win over Essendon at the MCG on Friday night.

In a match that never reached great heights, the Tigers were in control for the majority of the night with their inaccuracy in front of goal the only thing keeping the Bombers in it.

Essendon closed to within 18 points midway through the third quarter but never really threatened to win the match as the Tigers ran out easy 13.24 (102) to 8.9 (57) victors.

Veteran Shane Tuck worked tirelessly to gather a game-high 33 touches in a best-on-ground performance, while Brett Deledio (33) and Bachar Houli (26) were dominant through the midfield and off the half-back line.

Trent Cotchin showed flashes of brilliance with his 31 disposals, but failed to make the most of his chances in front of goal with five behinds to his name.

Jack Riewoldt also struggled, but did manage three goals from his eight shots to move up to 59 for the season - one behind Coleman Medal leader Matthew Pavlich.

The only downside for the Tigers was the report on Shane Edwards, who was booked for striking Angus Monfries, although there appeared to be little in it.

Essendon's cause wasn't helped by yet another soft tissue injury with Alwyn Davey substituted early in the second term with a hamstring injury.

Captain Jobe Watson had 11 touches in the first term, but faded from then on to finish with just 20, while Dyson Heppell was a strong contributor with 28 disposals off the half-back line.

They defended poorly with Richmond able to virtually walk the ball into their attacking 50 unopposed as they finished with a staggering 31 more inside 50s (71-40).

Deledio got the Tigers off to the perfect start with a cracking snap on his left foot, but the Bombers drew level through debutant Nick O'Brien, who joined an exclusive club with a goal with his first kick in AFL.

Despite dominating the opening term it wasn't until the final minute when Luke McGuane and then Edwards booted goals that got Richmond reward for their effort as they took a 15-point lead into the first break.

Monfries got the first goal of the second term, but from then on it was all Richmond as they cut through the Bombers' defence with ease.

All that was missing was the final product with the Tigers managing just three goals from nine shots to extend their lead to 29 points at half-time.

Essendon staged a mini fightback with three of the next four goals to close to within 18 points and had the chance to further reduce the deficit, but Monfries blazed a gettable set shot horribly wide.

The Tigers made them pay with Riewoldt dribbling through a clever snap from the boundary line before David Astbury converted from close range after a superb juggling mark.

A goal to Robin Nahas right on the three-quarter time siren extended Richmond's lead to 37 points at the final change and all but ended the match as a contest.

Richmond continued to pile on the points in the last quarter as both sides reminded us quite clearly why they won't be featuring in the finals this year.

'''RICHMOND:''' 5.5, 8.11, 12.16, 13.24 (102)
'''ESSENDON:''' 3.2, 4.6, 7.9, 8.9 (57)

'''GOALS: RICHMOND:''' Riewoldt 3, Edwards 2, McGuane 2, Deledio, Grigg, Martin, Astbury, Nahas, O'Hanlon
'''ESSENDON:''' Monfries 3, O'Brien, Gumbleton, Hurley, Jetta, Browne
'''BEST: RICHMOND:''' Tuck, Deledio, Cotchin, Houli, Maric, Riewoldt
'''ESSENDON:''' Heppell, Crameri, Watson, Monfries
'''INJURIES: RICHMOND:''' White (hamstring)
'''ESSENDON:''' Davey (hamstring), Crameri (shoulder), Hurley (ribs)
'''REPORTS:''' Shane Edwards (Richmond) reported for striking Angus Monfires (Essendon) in the third quarter
'''SUBS: RICHMOND:''' Brett O'Hanlon replaced Matt White (2nd Qtr)
'''ESSENDON:''' Jake Melksham replaced Alwyn Davey (2nd Qtr)
'''CHANGES: ''' Nil
'''UMPIRES:''' Nicholls, McInerney, Mollison
'''CROWD:''' 47,590 at the MCG


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