Richmond has kept its hopes of another flag alive with a stunning comeback win over the Brisbane Lions.
After trailing by as many as 42 points in the second quarter, and by 36 at the main break, the Tigers stormed home to secure a 15.14 (104) to 14.13 (97) win.
It was Brisbane’s 11th consecutive loss at the MCG, a troubling statistic which could hurt the Lions during the finals series, and maybe even on grand final day.
A blistering third quarter saw Richmond whittle the lead down to within two goals, before Daniel Rioli’s 50-metre effort put the Tigers in front for the first time, as the clock ticked down into the final 10 minutes.
The teams exchanged behinds after a Lions goal was disallowed, before Tom Lynch’s fourth major of the afternoon sealed the deal.
Noah Cumberland had five majors, a fitting redemption arc for the forward after his blunder on the siren last week resulted in Richmond’s game against Fremantle ending in a draw.
The win puts Richmond in ninth place, just half a win behind St Kilda for the last finals spot, and the Tigers will face Port Adelaide, Hawthorn and Essendon in their final three games – all of whom are out of finals contention.
Brisbane had a chance to go as high as second on the ladder with a win, but remains in fifth spot by virtue of an inferior percentage to the Swans, with both teams on 13 wins.
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