AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs Hawthorn Hawks Stream AFL Football 2016 Online, AFL Round 07 Match will be kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Friday 06 May 2016 online, 19.50 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
AFL Round 6 gets underway on Friday night when Hawthorn take on Richmond at the MCG and the game gives the Hawks a chance to bounce back after suffering one of their worst defeats in recent memory last weekend, a 75 point loss at the hands of G.W.S.
The premiers head in as favourites against the embattled Tigers, but the yellow and black have an excellent record against the Hawks in recent years and it shouldn’t be all one way traffic at the home of footy.
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Is the reign over for Hawthorn or was their Round 6 loss to GWS an aberration? The Hawks suffered what was their biggest loss since 2005 and were well down in a number of key areas.
The good news for the Hawthorn fans is that the game against Richmond couldn’t come at a better time, as the Tigers are down and out after losing five in a row.
Damien Hardwick’s side come of another error riddled performance, where they lost to an undermanned Port Adelaide side by 35 points. The loss was further compounded by the fact that their skipper, Trent Cotchin, broke his cheekbone and will be on the sidelines for Friday night’s clash.
Hardwick’s opposite number at Hawthorn, Alistair Clarkson, will be looking for his side to improve their defence, particularly when their opposition is on the rebound.
G.W.S slick movement through the midfield caught Hawthorn’s backmen off guard last week and the Hawks conceded 158 points, the most they have in a game since Clarkson’s first year in the club, which was back in 2005.
While it is hard to see Richmond being able to replicate the Giants run and carry, the Tigers can give themselves some chance if they avoid making the clangers that have plagued them this year.
Both sides rank similarly for total disposals this year, but Hawthorn’s better win-loss record is due in part to the fact that they are better than the Tigers with their ball use.
Key players for the premiers include Sam Mitchell, who leads the competition for total disposals, as well as Josh Gibson, who has a big role in defence this weekend in the absence of James Frawley.
For Richmond, Jack Riewoldt continues to play a lone hand up forward and the Tigers will need him to fire, as well as the usual suspects in Brett Deledio and Dustin Martin.
Hawthorn lose their skipper, Luke Hodge, who has succumbed to a knee injury. Expect the Hawks to recall Billy Hartung, while Will Langford is a chance to come back after missing the Giants game through injury.
Richmond’s injury curse continues with Kane Lambert joining Trent Cotchin on the sidelines, while Alex Rance is still another week away after being suspended in Round 5. Nick Vlaustin, Kamdyn MacIntosh and Ben Griffiths will be among the possible inclusions for the yellow and black.
B: N.Vlastuin, T.Chaplin, J.Batchelor
HB: C.Ellis, B.Houli, B.Deledio
C: S.Morris, S.Grigg, D.Rioli
HF: K.McIntosh, D.Martin, T.Vickery
F: J.Riewoldt, S.Lloyd, S.Edwards
Foll: S.Hampson, C.Menadue, B.Griffiths
I/C: B.Ellis, A.Miles, J.Castagna, J.Short
EMG: D.Astbury, A.Moore, T.Hunt
INS: N.Vlastuin, K.McIntosh, B.Griffiths, J.Short
OUTS: D.Astbury, K.Lambert, I.Maric, T.Cotchin
B: K.Brand, T.O’Brien, J.Gibson
HB: S.Mitchell, B.Stratton, G.Birchall
C: B.Hill, J.Lewis, I.Smith
HF: L.Breust, J.Gunston, L.Shiels
F: P.Puopolo, J.Ceglar, C.Rioli
Foll: B.McEvoy, W.Langford, S.Burgoyne
I/C: B.Hartung, J.Sicily, T.Duryea, D.Howe
EMG: A.Litherland, D.Willsmore, K.Lovell
INS: K.Brand, W.Langford, B.Hartung
OUTS: L.Hodge, J.Frawley, K.Lovell
NEW: Kaiden Brand (West Adelaide)