Richmond's finals hopes cop brutal blow

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Richmond's hopes of making it 4 premierships from the past 5 years took different brutal stroke contiguous successful a stunning fourth-quarter Magpies comeback astatine the MCG.

The Tigers looked arsenic if they were backmost to their aged ways arsenic they dominated for astir 3 full quarters to pb by 20 points aft three-quarter time. But it each fell isolated successful the last term.

Collingwood booted 8 of the past 9 goals, including a six-goal-to-one last 4th to support Richmond retired of the apical eight, with a 13.9 (87) to 11.5 (71) win.

Today's decision makes it 4 consecutive losses for the defending premiers, who present gaffe to 12th connected the AFL ladder. The triumph pushed Collingwood up to 15th.

"It was tough, they (Collingwood) efficaciously doubled their people successful the past quarter," Tigers manager Damien Hardwick told reporters aft the match.

Dustin Martin of the Tigers (2L) and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers (C) look dejected aft decision successful the circular 17 AFL lucifer betwixt Richmond Tigers and Collingwood Magpies astatine Melbourne Cricket Ground connected July 11, 2021 successful Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/AFL Photos/via Getty Images) (Getty)

"When their pick rises to the top, it's hard to stop. You look astatine the power of Brodie Grundy, Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams and Jordan De Goey, that's the crippled close there.

"Their stars took clasp of the crippled and we couldn't halt them.

"I thought for 3 quarters we were beauteous bully and we looked similar a ascendant broadside again which is simply a positive.

"There's thing to instrumentality retired of it but we're evidently beauteous disappointed we lost."

Asked if his broadside could inactive marque the finals, Hardwick said "while there's a pulse, there's ever a chance."

"We volition proceed to physique connected our marque and put successful our procreation adjacent kids that are coming done and seeing however they go," helium said.

"We volition alteration a fewer things up."

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