Richmond roar into top four with thrilling win over Eagles

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The clash between the 2017 and 2018 premiers lived up to expectations, with Richmond securing a thrilling six-point win over West Coast in wet conditions at the MCG.

The Eagles got off to a flyer against the best first quarter side in the competition, outscoring the Tigers seven goals to three.

But once the conditions became inclement, Richmond took charge.

The Tigers conceded just six goals in the next three quarters, while also piling on 10 majors themselves to jump into the top four.

Here’s everything you need to know!

The Talking Point: Was this a preview for the Grand Final?

The 2017 and 2018 premiers played an unbelievable style of football at the MCG today.

Just when you thought one team had the momentum, the other would strike back.

The battle was intriguing in all facets of the ground, with Elliot Yeo and Dustin Martin going head-to-head in the middle, Dylan Grimes and Jeremy McGovern determined in defence and Tom Lynch and Josh Kennedy standing up in big moments up forward.

Have we just seen a preview to this year's Grand Final?

The Medical Room: Mark Hutchings and Dylan Grimes

West Coast midfielder Mark Hutchings only managed a half of football after suffering a corked thigh in the first term.

Hutchings had his thigh heavily strapped but couldn't get going, gathering just three disposals.

After some time on the bike during half-time, the Eagles decided to ice him up for the rest of the contest, leaving them with just three on the bench for the second half.

A scare was sent through the Richmond camp when Grimes landed awkwardly after flying for a mark late in the third quarter.

The star defender was carried off the ground in the arms of trainers and headed straight down to the rooms with a suspected ankle injury.

But much to the relief of Tigers fans, Grimes re-emerged from the rooms and came back onto the ground early in the fourth quarter.

The Moment: Ryan flies again!

That's right. Liam Ryan has taken ANOTHER Mark of the Year contender.

Is this his best one yet?

September Implications?

Richmond overtakes Collingwood into the top four with one game remaining this season.

The win sets up a mouth-watering clash with the new ladder-leaders Brisbane at the MCG on Sunday.

West Coast remain third on the ladder with the loss, unable to get the percentage boost they needed to overtake Geelong.

The Eagles will return home to face Hawthorn at Optus Stadium on Saturday night.

Full Score

Richmond: 3.1, 6.5, 8.8, 13.10.(88)
West Coast: 7.1, 8.2, 9.3, 13.4.(82)

GOALS

Richmond: Lynch 3, Riewoldt 2, Castagna, Caddy, Lambert, Bolton, Martin, Edwards, Short, Soldo
West Coast: Cripps 3, Rioli 2, Darling 2, Kennedy, Ryan, Waterman, Allen, Hickey, Petruccelle

BEST

Richmond: Martin, Houli, Prestia, Edwards, Grimes
West Coast: Yeo, Hurn, Gaff, Shuey, McGovern

Reports: Nil

Injuries: Hutchings (thigh), Grimes (ankle)