The scoreboard told a tale of a complete domination, yet the statistics showed what should have been a competitive game. Richmond was able to run riot in a last quarter which saw them kick nine goals in a row as the floodgates finally broke open.
Inside 50s tell the tale
Despite the scoreboard, Collingwood managed to have nine more entries into forward 50 than Richmond, but it was the efficiency of these entries which caused problems. Collingwood’s forward line looked unconvincing at best, and disorganised and scrambled at worst.
58 inside 50 entries resulted in a miserly 19 scoring shots, of which only seven were goals. Collingwood weren’t even able to lock the ball in either, as Richmond rebounded 49 times, generating dangerous run and carry from the likes of Bachar Houli, Dustin Martin and Anthony Miles.
On the other hand, Richmond converted 49 inside 50s into 30 scoring shots and 23 goals. While Alex Rance, Troy Chaplin and Jake Batchelor all had 11 or more marks, illustrating Richmond’s defensive domination, no Collingwood defender had more than four marks, with the exception of Darcy Moore operating as a swingman at times.
Collingwood spent more time in their forward half than the Tigers, particularly in the second term where a majority of possessions were forward of centre. Despite this domination on paper, poor kicking going forward and a lack of forward structure saw Richmond’s tall defenders pick off the ball with ease. 72 percent of Richmond’s possessions were in the defensive half and most of these in defensive 50, but when they were able to find a player in space and generate run, they made it count.
While the Pies scored 0.7 from 21 entries, Richmond scored 3.3 from just 10. When Richmond broke free, Collingwood were left unable to stop them and often could only watch as a long kick over the top went to a spare Richmond forward for a shot on goal.
Smalls do the damage
With much-maligned Tyrone Vickery having massive impact on the game with six goals, the Tigers evidently were able to find goals from players you might not always expect to hit the scoreboard. The Tigers had 12 different goal kickers even with Vickery’s bag of six, while Collingwood had six.
Bachar Houli popped up with two goals, while small forward Sam Lloyd was important with three first term majors to set the tone. Brett Deledio managed three as well, while Chris Newman, Brandon Ellis and Shaun Grigg were among others to have an impact on the scoreboard.
Collingwood’s forwards were ineffective with Travis Cloke kicking only one and Darcy Moore not troubling Troy Chaplin when forward. Dane Swan continued his rich vein of form with two goals, but there was too much reliance on trying to find goals through midfielders and not through permanent forwards.
Skills again fail the Pies
Much like last week against the Swans, Collingwood had the better of general play for much of the game but were let down by skill errors. As touched upon earlier, Collingwood’s inside 50 efficiency is poor, but their goal kicking is again letting them down. Kickable set shots were well off the mark and their second quarter saw them score seven behinds without a goal as the game began to slip away from them. Straight forward set shots to Jarryd Blair and Jamie Elliott were off the mark, while Marley Williams missed on the run early in the quarter.
Richmond hit back soon after with a goal. The final blow was late in the quarter: Collingwood’s dominance had continued throughout the quarter with little result on the scoreboard, but an exciting chain of possession in the corridor ended with Jack Crisp. He picked up the loose ball, took two steps and hurriedly kicked it for goal only to result in yet another miss. They were 37 points behind and they didn’t even look like they wanted to be in the game.
3: Ty Vickery (Richmond)
2: Dustin Martin (Richmond)
1: Alex Rance (Richmond)