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  • Goals 9
  • Behinds 12
  • Total 66

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  • Goals 12
  • Behinds 13
  • Total 85
  • FORM:
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  • FORM:
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8th

Match Report

Dogs run over Tigers for second win in a row

By Nat Edwards Exclusive to westernbulldogs.com.au April 11, 2015 5:51 PM

Match Highlights: Western Bulldogs v Richmond (Rd2)

Watch the best bits from the Western Bulldogs' 19-point victory over Richmond at the MCG on Saturday afternoon.

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Mitch Honeychurch of the Bulldogs celebrates a goal during the 2015 AFL Round 02 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Western Bulldogs at the MCG, Melbourne on April 11, 2015. (Photo: Justine Walker/AFL Media)

WESTERN Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge has enjoyed a dream start to his career at the kennel with his side out shining top-eight aspirants Richmond by 19 points at the MCG.

The Bulldogs held off a fast-finishing Tigers to seal a 12.13 (85) to 9.12 (66) victory in front of 49,945 fans.  

The last time the Bulldogs won the opening two games of the season was back in 2009 when Rodney Eade coached the club.

The Bulldogs lead at every change and despite a late charge from the Tigers in the final term, the young side showed composure beyond their years to secure their second win for the year.

"We're really pleased. We thought we squandered a few opportunities and in big games against good opposition you can't afford to do that too many times. We held our nerve," Beveridge said.

"The players, under some duress particularly late in the game, composed themselves and controlled the footy a little bit. There was lots of positives signs there."

Marcus Bontempelli was once against outstanding for the Bulldogs, finishing with 27 touches, a game-high 10 tackles and eight inside 50s.

Mitch Wallis (26 disposals, eight clearances) and Jack Macrae (26 disposals) were also influential in the middle and well assisted by Tory Dickson (four goals), captain Bob Murphy and veteran Matthew Boyd.

Young Bulldogs defender Michael Talia did a terrific job limiting the influence of Tigers spearhead Jack Riewoldt. 

Riewoldt had just three touches and one mark in the opening half, and while he slowly worked his way into the game, finishing with nine touches and two goals, he was well held by the Dogs' defence. 

Despite key forwards Tom Boyd and Ayce Cordy having no impact on the game, the Bulldogs still managed to find avenues to goal. 

Dickson finished the game with four majors, former Bomber Stewart Crameri kicked two, while an inaccurate Jake Stringer contributed two as well.

It was a frustrating day for Tigers coach Damien Hardwick.

The Tigers had more contested possessions (144-126), more clearances (34-32) and went inside 50 six more times than the Bulldogs, but they continually butchered the ball going forward.

"Credit to the Bulldogs, I thought they played really well. Their pressure around the contest was very good, and their ability to score when they went inside 50 was very good," a disappointed Hardwick said after the game.

"The fact of the matter is we made too many mistakes, that was one part of the game. The other part of the game, we went inside 50, 54 times, we win three loose ball gets and lay five tackles.

"You're not going to win a game of footy doing that so it's an area we need to improve and we need to improve quickly if we're going to win footy games." 

 

Richmond defender Alex Rance had a field day, restricting highly-prized recruit Boyd to one mark and four disposals, and provided plenty of run out of the backline for the Tigers.

While midfield star Dustin Martin rebounded from his poor performance last week against Carlton to finish the game with 31 touches and five clearances.

Skipper Trent Cotchin had a game-high 34 disposals and seven inside 50s but it wasn't enough to get his side over the line.

After a low-scoring scrappy first half, the Bulldogs broke open the game in the third term.

The forward pressure from Beveridge's men was immense, and they moved the ball quickly with purpose, while the Tigers struggled to find a target in attack and consistently turned over the ball by foot.

Dickson stood up in attack for the Bulldogs with two of the side's five third-term goals.

Stringer, Jarrard Grant and Stewart Crameri also chimed in with majors to extend the Bulldogs half-time lead to 29 points at the final break. 

Two early goals to the Tigers in the final term saw the Bulldogs' lead cut to 16 points but the young Bulldogs brigade steadied the ship with Dickson kicking his fourth. 

The Tigers continued to come at the Bulldogs but each time Beveridge's men had a response and held on for a deserved victory.

RICHMOND                            2.3   3.6    6.8     9.12 (66)
WESTERN BULLDOGS        3.5   5.8   10.13   12.13 (85)

GOALS
Richmond: Riewoldt 2, Griffiths, Grimes, Gordon, Lloyd, Martin, Newman, Petterd
Western Bulldogs: Dickson 4, Crameri 2, Stringer 2, Grant, Honeychurch, Wallis, Wood

BEST 
Richmond: Rance, Martin, Cotchin, Miles, McIntosh
Western Bulldogs: Dickson, Wallis, Bontempelli, Macrae, Talia, M.Boyd

INJURIES 
Richmond: Edwards (calf) replaced in selected side by Ricky Petterd, Lambert (shoulder)
Western Bulldogs: Nil

SUBSTITUTES
Richmond: Nathan Gordon replaced Kane Lambert (shoulder) during the third quarter
Western Bulldogs: Brett Goodes replaced Ayce Cordy during the third quarter 

Reports: Nil

Umpires: Bannister, Stephens, McInerney

Official crowd: 49,945 at MCG

Match Stats

Disposal Leaders
  • Trent Cotchin
    Trent Cotchin
    34
  • Richmond
    Dustin Martin
    31
  • Richmond
    Alex Rance
    28
  • Richmond
    Anthony Miles
    27
  • Western Bulldogs
    Marcus Bontempelli
    27
Fantasy Leaders
  • Marcus Bontempelli
    Marcus Bontempelli
    133
  • Richmond
    Alex Rance
    117
  • Richmond
    Dustin Martin
    114
  • Richmond
    Trent Cotchin
    111
  • Western Bulldogs
    Matthew Boyd
    109
Scoring Leaders
  • Tory Dickson
    Tory Dickson
    4.2
  • Richmond
    Jack Riewoldt
    2.4
  • Western Bulldogs
    Jake Stringer
    2.1
  • Western Bulldogs
    Stewart Crameri
    2.0
  • Richmond
    Ricky Petterd
    1.1

Match Stats

  • 403 Disposals 326
  • 74.4 Disposal Eff 73.6
  • 143 Contested Pos 125
  • 113 Marks 83
  • 30 Free Kicks 13
  • 35 Clearances 32
  • 54 Inside 50s 48
  • 36 Rebound 50s 44
  • 51 Tackles 73
  • 36 Hit-outs 41
  • 105 Interchanges 112

Breakdown

  • 2.3 (15)
    3.5 (23)
  • 3.6 (24)
    5.8 (38)
  • 6.8 (44)
    10.13 (73)
  • 9.12 (66)
    12.13 (85)

Player Stats

Richmond

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Alex Rance 14 14 28 13 0 3 1 2 0 0 117
2Dustin Martin 15 16 31 2 0 1 0 6 1 0 114
3Trent Cotchin 23 11 34 4 0 6 2 2 0 0 111
4Kamdyn McIntosh 18 6 24 7 0 1 0 2 0 0 96
5Brandon Ellis 12 14 26 3 0 1 0 5 0 0 94
6Anthony Miles 12 15 27 4 0 2 4 6 0 0 92
7Taylor Hunt 11 12 23 6 0 0 0 2 0 1 84
8Chris Newman 13 3 16 7 0 2 0 2 1 1 83
9Bachar Houli 14 8 22 5 0 1 1 3 0 0 83
10Ben Griffiths 9 4 13 7 12 0 0 2 1 1 83
11Jack Riewoldt 7 2 9 5 1 2 0 4 2 4 75
12Ricky Petterd 10 5 15 7 0 1 1 2 1 1 74
13Jake Batchelor 13 4 17 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 74
14Sam Lloyd 7 9 16 7 0 2 1 1 1 0 69
15Ivan Maric 4 10 14 1 22 3 0 2 0 0 68
16Shaun Grigg 8 12 20 3 1 0 0 2 0 0 66
17Nick Vlastuin 8 7 15 2 0 2 0 4 0 0 62
18Troy Chaplin 9 9 18 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 61
19Nathan Gordon 5 6 11 6 0 0 0 2 1 1 60
20Dylan Grimes 5 5 10 5 0 0 1 0 1 0 43
21Steven Morris 4 4 8 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 32
22Kane Lambert 3 3 6 2 0 0 1 1 0 1 23

Western Bulldogs

Player K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
1Marcus Bontempelli 19 8 27 6 1 2 1 10 0 2 133
2Matthew Boyd 17 8 25 10 1 0 2 4 0 1 109
3Luke Dahlhaus 11 12 23 5 0 1 1 8 0 0 102
4Tory Dickson 12 5 17 5 0 1 0 3 4 2 100
5Easton Wood 16 4 20 7 0 1 0 3 1 0 96
6Mitch Wallis 12 14 26 1 0 3 0 5 1 0 96
7Jack Macrae 15 11 26 7 0 1 3 3 0 1 93
8Mitch Honeychurch 7 11 18 4 0 1 2 6 1 1 81
9Robert Murphy 17 7 24 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 75
10Will Minson 4 5 9 2 30 0 2 5 0 0 72
11Liam Picken 8 7 15 5 0 0 2 6 0 0 71
12Jason Johannisen 12 2 14 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 59
13Lin Jong 6 7 13 3 1 1 2 5 0 0 57
14Jake Stringer 11 0 11 4 0 0 2 0 2 1 52
15Jarrad Grant 6 4 10 3 0 0 2 3 1 1 48
16Michael Talia 6 6 12 4 0 0 2 1 0 0 40
17Jordan Roughead 3 5 8 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 35
18Stewart Crameri 4 7 11 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 35
19Tom Boyd 1 3 4 1 4 2 1 4 0 0 31
20Dale Morris 3 3 6 3 0 0 1 2 0 0 29
21Brett Goodes 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 17
22Ayce Cordy 0 2 2 0 4 0 3 1 0 0 3

Team Lineups

Richmond

B

  • Troy Chaplin,
  • Jake Batchelor,
  • Alex Rance

HB

  • Bachar Houli,
  • Nick Vlastuin,
  • Dylan Grimes

C

  • Brandon Ellis,
  • Trent Cotchin,
  • Shaun Grigg

HF

  • Steven Morris,
  • Anthony Miles,
  • Kane Lambert

F

  • Jack Riewoldt,
  • Ben Griffiths,
  • Sam Lloyd

Fol

  • Ivan Maric,
  • Dustin Martin,
  • Taylor Hunt

I/C

  • Chris Newman,
  • Ricky Petterd,
  • Kamdyn McIntosh

Sub

  • Nathan Gordon

No Late Change

In

  • Kane Lambert,
  • Ricky Petterd

Out

  • Brett Deledio (Suspension),
  • Shane Edwards (Omitted)

New

  • Kane Lambert

Milestones:

  • Kane Lambert  - Played 1st game

Last updated: 4:34PM Saturday, April 11, 2015