Australian Football League Live Richmond Tigers vs Western Bulldogs Stream AFL 2015 Seasons Week 02 match will be kick off at Melbourne Cricket Ground Stadium (MCG), Melbourne, Australia, Saturday 11 April 2015 online, 13.40pm (AEDT) and its broadcast on Channel Seven, Foxtell.
The Tigers won with plenty in hand against the Blues in round 1 whilst the Bulldogs are also out to go 2-0 after upsetting the Eagles last week.
The Tigers will need to find a replacement for Brett Deledio after his suspension whilst David Astbury is ready to return from being stung by a stingray. Chris Knights, Matt McDonough and Ricky Petterd put their hand up for selection by performing well in the VFL. For the Bulldogs, big men Ayce Cordy and Tom Campbell played well in the two’s but rookie coach Luke Beveridge is unlikely to make too many, if any, changes from his winning side.
The Tigers sit third on the ladder after their round 1 victory. The Bulldogs are in eighth on the ladder after their narrow win. In Luke Beveridge’s coaching debut, the Dogs laid 94 tackles which ranks them number one in the competition. The Tigers on the other hand, laid only 51 tackles to put them 14th overall.
Jack Riewoldt v Jordan Roughead – Riewoldt has kicked 17 goals in his last four matches against the Dogs. The Tigers spearhead started the year in a rich vein of form, slotting four against the Blues. If fellow tall forward Ben Griffiths can maintain his form, Riewoldt should benefit greatly. Furthermore if the Richmond midfield keep their clean and fast movement into the forward line, Riewoldt will be hard to stop.
Richmond have won their three of their last four matches against the Bulldogs by an average of 11 goals, scoring over 120 points in all of these matches. They won both games in 2013 by 60 and 67 points each. But the Bulldogs got the chocolates last season, winning by 2-points. The Tigers are 5-7 (6-6 against the line) at the MCG since the start of 2014. Since 2010, the Bulldogs are 5-7 (5-7 against the line) at the MCG Richmond captain Trent Cotchin averages 33 touches and over a goal per game in his last three matches vs the Bulldogs.
Richmond took a while to get going against the Blues, but once they found their groove,, they were impressive. The Bulldogs only beat them last year during Richmond’s first half of the year slump and the Tigers look to have entered 2015 in top shape. Their midfield is much deeper and defence should be able to handle Boyd, Stringer and Crameri whilst they look to have found a dangerous forward combination. In summary, the Tigers should win.
B Chaplin, Batchelor, Rance
HB Houli, Vlastuin, Grimes
C Ellis, Cotchin, McIntosh
HF Morris, Edwards, Lambert
F Riewoldt, Lloyd, Griffiths
FOLL Maric, Martin, Hunt
I/C Grigg, Newman, Miles, Gordon
EMG McDonough, Petterd, Knights
OUT Deledio (suspended)
B Boyd, Roughead, Morris
HB Murphy, Talia, Wood
C Dickson, Honeychurch, Macrae
HF Dahlhaus, Cordy, Crameri
F Stringer, Boyd, Wallis
FOLL Minson, Jong, Bontempelli
I/C Grant, Johannisen, Picken, Goodes
EMG Hrovat. Webb, Redpath