Crows too big, too strong for wounded Tigers

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A fast-finishing Adelaide has proven too strong for the Tigers at the Adelaide Oval, taking full advantage of Richmond missing several key players.

The loss likely means the Tigers will be outside of the eight when they return from the bye, leaving them with a lot of work to do in the second half of the season.

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The Difference: Adelaide too big and too strong

The understrength Tigers came into this game without sufficient key defenders to match the Crows and with Ivan Soldo coming out, they also lacked a ruckman.

Adelaide’s key forwards took full advantage of this, with Josh Jenkins and Taylor Walker both having fantastic nights, combining for seven goals, 13 marks and 13 shots on goal.

Reilly O’Brien continued his rapid improvement, bullying Soldo and Mabior Chol in the ruck.

He finished with 54 hit-outs, 19 disposals, seven tackles and six clearances.

The Crows dominated in that area all night, winning 48 clearances to Richmond’s 24.

The Talking Point: Adelaide lose three

Richmond losing Trent Cotchin (hamstring) and Soldo (illness), to go with their already substantial injury list, was the talking point coming into the game, but it’s Adelaide who lost a few tonight.

Lachlan Murphy’s night was over almost immediately after he required dental care following a knock in the first term.

The big one is Daniel Talia, who has suffered a quad injury which saw him miss the second half.

The Crows full back has been a key pillar of this side for a long time and if he’s on the sidelines for any serious period of time, it leaves a big hole for them to fill.

With only seconds left in the game, Josh Jenkins went down clutching his knee in what looked like an ugly incident. He was stretchered off the ground as the club’s theme blared around the ground.

What’s next?

Both teams head into the bye, with the Crows currently sitting in the top four and likely very happy with their season to date.

Richmond meanwhile are seventh and could drop outside of the top eight next week if things break a certain way. However, with their injury issues, a week off will do them a lot of good.

Full Score

Adelaide: 1.1, 3.7, 10.10, 15.11, (101)
Richmond: 3.2, 5.6, 8.9, 9.14. (68)

BEST

Adelaide: B.Crouch, O’Brien, Sloane, Jenkins, Walker, M.Crouch
Richmond: Martin, Lynch, Stack, Grimes, Prestia, Vlastuin

Reports: Nil

Injuries: Talia (quad), Murphy (teeth), Jenkins (knee)

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