AFL Live Richmond Tigers vs Hawthorn Hawks Live Streaming Free 2018 AFL Playoff Seasons Online, match will be kick off at MCG Stadium, Melbourne, VIC, Australia, Thursday 06 September 2018 online, 19:20 pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
Richmond take on Hawthorn in the first of the AFL Qualifying Finals and the action gets underway at 7.20PM on Thursday night, September 6, at the MCG.
A crowd of over 85000 is expected at the home of footy and a Preliminary Final berth awaits the winner. Channel 7 and Fox Footy will broadcast the game live.
Richmond have been the team to beat in 2018 and have won 18 of their 22 regular season matches. Their four losses all came interstate and they are unbeaten at the MCG in 2018.
However, a couple of sides have come close in recent times, including the Western Bulldogs, who missed out by just three points in Round 23 in what was a ‘dead rubber’ for the Tigers, who had already qualified for the finals in top position.
Their opponents, Hawthorn, snuck into the top four, finishing 4th after their stirring win over the Sydney Swans in Round 23. The Hawks have won 15 of 22 this season and are one of the form sides, winning their past six games.
In their win over Sydney they came back from 26 points down in the second quarter to score by nine. Their youngsters, including Harry Morrison and James Worpel, were instrumental in the win, while seasoned campaigners including Shaun Burgoyne and Liam Shiels steadied the ship earlier on.
Despite their solid recent form, Hawthorn head in as underdogs. A number of the Tigers big names have been in brilliant touch this year including Jack Riewoldt, who kicked more goals than any other player in the home and away season with 65 majors for the year.
Riewoldt is one player that will need to be stopped if Hawthorn are to score an upset, while Dustin Martin is another that will need to be curtailed by the Hawks. However, the Tigers are very even across the field and are renowned for their pressure game. They have conceded fewer goals and inside 50s than the Hawks in 2018, while they have also averaged more goals.
Hawthorn have found the football more than Richmond this season with the likes of Tom Mitchell and Jaegar O’Meara leading the way, while the Hawks should also have the advantage in the ruck with Ben McEvoy likely to get on top of Toby Nankervis.
If Luke Breust and Jack Gunston can find enough supply up forward, they are always a chance but they will need to be at their best to set up a win and a subsequent Preliminary Final berth. Otherwise, either Melbourne or Geelong await in a sudden death Semi Final
B: D. Astbury, A. Rance, D. Grimes
HB: J. Short, N. Vlastuin, B. Houli
C: S. Grigg, T. Cotchin, K. McIntosh
HF: D. Rioli, S. Edwards, J. Castagna
F: J. Riewoldt, D. Martin, J. Caddy
R: T. Nankervis, J. Graham, D. Prestia
Interchange: N. Broad, J. Higgins, K. Lambert, R. Conca
Emergencies: R. Garthwaite, C. Menadue, B. Ellis, S. Lloyd
IN: K. Lambert
OUT: B. Ellis (omitted)
B: J. Impey, B. Stratton, J. Sicily
HB: R. Henderson, J. Frawley, B. Hardwick
C: J. Gunston, T. Mitchell, S. Burgoyne
HF: R. Burton, J. Roughead, I. Smith
F: L. Breust, B. McEvoy, P. Puopolo
R: J. Ceglar, J. O’Meara, J. Worpel
Interchange: R. Schoenmakers, H. Morrison, L. Shiels, C. Nash
IN: J. Sicily, J. Frawley, J. Ceglar
OUT: K. Brand (omitted), D. Mirra (omitted), T. Miles (omitted)