Tigers keep off Blues in limited AFL tussle

Bookends Tom Lynch and Dylan Grimes have helped Richmond to a 15-issue gain around a quick-ending Carlton, lifting them back again into the AFL’s prime 8.

The Tigers, with three aims from Lynch and Grimes trying to keep Charlie Curnow tranquil, led by as substantially as 35 points and rode a enormous fourth-quarter problem to prevail 11.15 (81) to 9.12 (66) at a soaked MCG.

Richmond (8-5) have now won six of their final 7 online games and are looming significant ahead of a massive match in opposition to Geelong up coming week.

But there was a bitter take note to their most current triumph, with tall utility Noah Balta substituted out of the match with a hamstring harm in the closing time period.

Currently undermanned, Carlton lost Jack Martin (reduce leg) and mid-year draftee Sam Durdin (knee) to injuries.

The Blues (9-4) also squandered the opportunity to draw amount with just about every of the prime a few groups with 10 wins apiece.

Richmond kicked the 1st 6 ambitions in persistent rain on Thursday evening and led by 28 factors early in the last time period right before 3 ambitions from Harry McKay in four minutes flipped the recreation on its head.

A Jack Newnes snap appeared to have place the Blues back again within just 3 details with all the momentum on their aspect, but was correctly ruled touched on assessment.

Much less than a minute afterwards, Shai Bolton won a contest with Sam Docherty at half-forward and established up Maurice Rioli Jnr, who passed off to Shane Edwards for the Tigers’ steadying target.

Bolton experienced induced controversy at the get started of the ultimate term when he taunted Docherty on the way into an open purpose and it nearly arrived again to bite him.

The incident seemingly stemmed from an trade through a three-quarter time melee, which flared up when Patrick Cripps took exception to a thrust from Dion Prestia that prompted the Blues’ skipper to strike his head on teammate Sam Walsh’s leg.

Richmond midfielder Prestia (33 disposals, 13 clearances) stood up in the absence of superstar Dustin Martin, who skipped as a result of disease.

Liam Baker (27 disposals), Kane Lambert (22) and ruckman Toby Nankervis had been also influential as the Tigers’ engine place got on prime.

Cripps had 34 disposals in his 150th game and Walsh (34) was fast paced in the course of towards the tide, although McKay completed with 4 goals.

Carlton, held goalless in the final quarter against Essendon in round 13, did not regulate a big in opposition to Richmond right up until George Hewett’s hurried snap floated as a result of at the 16-moment mark of the 2nd term.

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