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Saturday, 9 March 2019

Tigers pull off JLT comeback for the ages


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Six goals between Jack Riewoldt and Jack Higgins have helped Richmond to pull off a rousing comeback to beat Hawthorn by eight points in their final AFL pre-season hit-out in Launceston.

The Tigers trailed by 40 points at halftime but came roaring home in the 14.11 (95) to 13.9 (87) victory on Saturday night at University of Tasmania Stadium.

Richmond half-forward Jack Cotchin had a huge final term, kicking two goals and having a hand in several others to finish with 24 touches.

The Tigers, last year's preliminary finalists, didn't hit the lead until the 23rd minute of the final term through Cotchin. They enter the season with back-to-back trial wins after coming back from a similar margin last week against Melbourne.

Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin finished with a team-high 30 possessions, while Maverick Weller and Dan Butler kicked majors two each.

Hawks veteran Jarryd Roughead booted five goals in a losing side, while Jaeger O'Meara picked up a game-high 35 possessions and a goal in a Hawthorn midfield missing injured star Tom Mitchell.

O'Meara had 21 of those touches by the main break as the Hawks ran roughshod over Richmond early.

The Tigers failed to kick a major in the second term and trailed 59-19 at halftime.

They surged in the third quarter, kicking seven goals to two with key forward Riewoldt slotting three for the term.

Jarryd Roughead

Hawks youngster Jack Scrimshaw stole the show early, with an eye-catching start to the match in which he topped the first-quarter touches with 12.

The 20-year-old Gold Coast recruit, with just four AFL games under his belt, also slotted a goal to put his hand up for a round-one start.

Hawthorn defender Kaiden Brand limped from the field in the first term after suffering an awkward clip to the leg but returned shortly afterwards.

Hawk Isaac Smith had a howler late in the third term, missing from point-blank range just outside the goal square after deciding to play on.

The Hawks have lost both of their trials with an inexperienced outfit going down to Brisbane last week by 42 points.

Six goals between Jack Riewoldt and Jack Higgins have helped Richmond to pull off a rousing comeback to beat Hawthorn by eight points in their final AFL pre-season hit-out in Launceston.

The Tigers trailed by 40 points at halftime but came roaring home in the 14.11 (95) to 13.9 (87) victory on Saturday night at University of Tasmania Stadium.

Richmond half-forward Jack Cotchin had a huge final term, kicking two goals and having a hand in several others to finish with 24 touches.

The Tigers, last year's preliminary finalists, didn't hit the lead until the 23rd minute of the final term through Cotchin. They enter the season with back-to-back trial wins after coming back from a similar margin last week against Melbourne.

Dustin Martin

Dustin Martin finished with a team-high 30 possessions, while Maverick Weller and Dan Butler kicked majors two each.

Hawks veteran Jarryd Roughead booted five goals in a losing side, while Jaeger O'Meara picked up a game-high 35 possessions and a goal in a Hawthorn midfield missing injured star Tom Mitchell.

O'Meara had 21 of those touches by the main break as the Hawks ran roughshod over Richmond early.

The Tigers failed to kick a major in the second term and trailed 59-19 at halftime.

They surged in the third quarter, kicking seven goals to two with key forward Riewoldt slotting three for the term.

Jarryd Roughead

Hawks youngster Jack Scrimshaw stole the show early, with an eye-catching start to the match in which he topped the first-quarter touches with 12.

The 20-year-old Gold Coast recruit, with just four AFL games under his belt, also slotted a goal to put his hand up for a round-one start.

Hawthorn defender Kaiden Brand limped from the field in the first term after suffering an awkward clip to the leg but returned shortly afterwards.

Hawk Isaac Smith had a howler late in the third term, missing from point-blank range just outside the goal square after deciding to play on.

The Hawks have lost both of their trials with an inexperienced outfit going down to Brisbane last week by 42 points.

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