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Robbie Hicks celebrates his first AFL goal for the Tigers

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By Mic Cullen 3:45 PM Sun 01 August, 2010
A CRACKING second half has seen Richmond has all but snuff out a woefully inaccurate Adelaide's finals chances with a fighting 20-point win that finished in hail at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.

The Crows are now two games and significant percentage outside the eight with just four games remaining, and they have a tough run home on the back of the 15.10 (100) to 11.14 (80) loss.

The first term was a turnover-fest, with both sides struggling in the slippery and gusty conditions, and in the second the Crows blew the opportunity to put the game away when they kicked 4.9 with the last 13 scoring shots of the term to lead by just three goals after going inside 50 16 times compared to the Tigers seven.

The third saw a much better effort from the Tigers as they outscored the visitors six goals to two - including debutant Robbie Hicks’ first AFL goal to take a single-goal lead in to the last on the back of a Luke McGuane major.

The Tigers got the first two goals of the term to get the lead out to 18 points, but Kurt Tippett’s first of the afternoon got one back before the hail arrived and turned the ground white, and the Tigers ran the game out with two of the last three goals.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said his side was lucky to still be in it at half-time.

“The Crows would be really disappointed with that second quarter - they had us on the ropes there for quite a period of time and just weren’t able to finish us off,” he said.

“Our guys, to their credit, fought back and we probably dominated the third and fourth quarters in a lot of areas we were hoping to coming into the game.

“It was good, but it’s a great lesson to our guys that you need to keep doing the things that we go into the game plan with on a consistent basis, because a few things we tried didn’t got that well in that second quarter.”

His counterpart Neil Craig said the finals looked to be an impossible achievement after the loss.

“We had our opportunity to win today and win very well and yet we go away a beaten footy club, and any opportunity we had to keep our finals aspirations alive have probably gone out the window,” he said.

“That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve had an opportunity, particularly with the way the other results have gone, and we haven’t been good enough to take the opportunity.

“We’re a wasteful footy club at the moment. The last two games have demonstrated that - I’m talking about us taking our opportunities.

“It’s just not good enough - the standard’s not good enough.”

The Tigers were brilliantly led by veteran midfielder Ben Cousins, who played his best game for the club, while a host of midfielders in Jeromey Webberley, Shane Tuck - who despite numerous turnovers still managed to get 33 possessions (13 contested) along with 10 clearances lay 10 tackles, Shane Edwards, Dustin Martin and Daniel Jackson, while Brett Deledio and Chris Newman were as good as ever across half-back.

The Crows had a terrific defender in veteran Ben Rutten, who closed down the Coleman medal leader Jack Riewoldt, and through the middle Brad Symes, Scott Thompson, Michael Doughty and Bernie Vince all worked hard.

Next week, the Tigers face the surging Melbourne, while the Crows have the Western Bulldogs at AAMI Stadium.

Richmond  4.4   5.4   11.7     15.10  (100)
Adelaide  3.2   7.11   9.13   11.14  (80)

GOALS
Richmond:
King 2, Riewoldt 2, Tuck, Webberley, White, Martin, Morton, Browne, Cousins, Hicks, Jackson, McGuane, Newman.
Adelaide: Douglas 2, Sloane, Dangerfield, Griffin, Vince, Walker, Reilly, Porplyzia, Thompson, Vince.

BEST
Richmond:
Tuck, Cousins, Edwards, Connors, Jackson, Deledio, Newman.
Adelaide: Thompson, Symes, Mackay, Vince, Stevens, Doughty, Rutten.

INJURIES
Richmond:
Andrew Collins (corked thigh) replaced in selected side by Robbie Hicks
Adelaide: Nil

Reports: Nil

Umpires: McBurney, Kamolins, Jennings

Official crowd: 19,181 at MCG

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the clubs or the AFL.
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