Tigers claw out a “scrappy” win over Magpies

Richmond’s 2017 season is off to a roaring start with a 19-point win over Collingwood at the MCG last night.

It’s only the third time since 1995 that the Tigers have won their opening two games of the season.

Coach Damien Hardwick said he was pleased his boys managed to come up with what was a “scrappy” win.


“We certainly won’t be rushing to the video store to get that first half on tape,” he said.

“The struggle between the two clubs was pretty high tonight and we were lucky to probably come out at the end of it, but we’ll take a lot out of it.”

Hardwick said despite some patchy performances it was good to see none of his team gave in.

“Everyone stood up at a certain stage.

“We have more players who are capable of doing that now, which is important.”

Collingwood Coach Nathan Buckley said he was disappointed the Magpies failed to apply pressure when they grabbed the lead.

“We had our struggles forward of the ball again,” he admitted.

“We had a bit of a gap and then we let it go in the third quarter and got run over.”

The action continues tonight with a Grand Final replay between the Swans and the Western Bulldogs

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