Blog log from R23 of 2017: Richmond vs St Kilda

Lambert and Butler link up as the Tigers pace out of the opening centre bounce. Daniel shoots for goal from 35 and misses to the right. (Q1 1:18)
The Tigers work it via the wing through a string of handballs, culminating in Townsend taking the lead up grab. Jacob lines up and nails the set shot from 45 on the flank! (Q1 5:55)
Grigg is found out the back through the Castagna pass, the former Blue charging hard back into space. Shaun shoots from 45 out, directly in front. He splits the middle! (Q1 7:55)
Carlisle demonstrates some footy smarts, flicking it onto the boot of Townsend and out of play. Jake takes the free and finds Dunstan inside the arc. Luke hits the post from 45. (Q1 10:19)
Longer receives the free for holding in the ruck contest, occurring deep in the pocket against Grigg. Dunstan took the advantage but incredibly missed from 15 out. (Q1 13:30)
Richmond find a route out the back once more. Castagna receives and launches long to the eagerly anticipating Townsend. Jacob marks and nabs his second from point blank! (Q1 14:40)
Edwards leads Newnes in the dash to the loose forward fifty pill. Shaun gathers the ball and flicks back to Grigg. Shaun surveys the options, eventually missing from 40. (Q1 21:06)
Weller, Steven and Lonie combine as the Saints work the ball inside the attacking arc. Jack gets out the back and flicks centrally to the Gresham run. Jade receives and goals! (Q1 23:49)
McIntosh takes the intercept mark as the besieged St Kilda defence attempts to rebound. Kamdyn goes short to Martin and Dustin whacks it through from 55 as the rain tumbles down! (Q1 26:36)
The Tigers enjoy the fast start to the second term! The ball is launched forward and Grigg is the man to gather off the high bounce. Shaun rams it Home from close range! (Q2 2:14)
Make that two in three minutes for the yellow and black. Martin searches for the best angle, moving it laterally to the unmarked Prestia. Dion receives and snags it from 25! (Q2 4:29)
Ross thumps it out of the danger zone but sends it directly to Rance. Alex looks up and finds Townsend unmarked. Jacob goes back and nails his third from 40 out, directly in front! (Q2 6:59)
Prestia receives from the perfect Nankervis hit out and sends the ball onto the chest of Riewoldt with ease. Jack shoots from 45 on the flank and kicks his 48th of the season! (Q2 9:44)
Lambert throws it on the boot and gets the desired result, with Graham ghosting in behind to take the grab. Jack lines up from 40 on the flank and splits the middle! (Q2 14:34)
Nankervis makes the skill error off half back and the Saints make the most of it, Dunstan finding Billings. Jack shoots from 50 on the boundary and misses to the far side. (Q2 16:29)
The Saints have their second of the afternoon. Martin turns the ball over by hand off half back. Gresham ends up with it after a chain of handballs, finishing truly from the arc! (Q2 17:59)
Vlastuin is caught with ball in hand from the Lonie tackle. Jack forces the turnover, enabling Steven to find Gresham unattended. Jade lines up from 55 and sends through his third! (Q2 19:44)
Martin, Edwards, Butler combine as the Tigers swing it from the wing to scoring range. Dan hands off to Rioli who seems to run too far. Eventually he pulls up and misses from 20. (Q2 24:14)
Cotchin gathers the loose ball out the back and flicks to the speeding Rioli. Daniel is immediately caught, handing back to his captain. Trent settles and snaps truly from 25! (Q2 25:14)
THe undersized makeshift ruck, Shaun Grigg, attempts to combat the size advantage of Longer and infringes by working him off the ball. Billy duly converts from 25 on the slight! (Q2 29:14)
Graham, Edwards and McIntosh combine after Rioli forced the Roberton turnover. Kamdyn duly found Butler unopposed and Dan goals from 40 just a second before the HT siren! (Q2 31:00)
Sinclair to Gresham by hand, Jade evading the attempted Vlastuin tackle before finding Bruce on the lead. Josh marks and snaps it through truly from 25 on the sharp angle! (Q3 3:35)
Grimes makes the handball error deep in the pocket. Lonie gathers but is immediately met by the daunting figure of Martin. He snaps to the near side from the tight angle. (Q3 6:39)
The Saints reload through the corridor, Gresham bounding away and launching out the back to the run of Membrey. Tim marks and makes no mistake from close range! (Q3 12:44)
Weller launches out the back and Bruce takes the grab, the play eventuating after a dropped mark by Broad 100 metres up the field. Josh misses from 35 on the flank. (Q3 19:34)
Riewoldt of the Jack variety takes a towering mark as the Tigers launch forward once more. Jack thumps it from outside the arc and through it flies! (Q3 21:29)
The Riewoldt’s are beginning to head the act, this time the champion Saint taking the mark inside the arc. He goes back and nails it from the paint of 50, directly in front! (Q3 22:59)
The Saints have another and have swung the margin back within four straight kicks! Billings receives on the paint of the arc and hammers it through the big sticks! (Q3 25:27)
Castagna flicks to Riewoldt who immediately sets sights on goal. Jack attempts to roll it home from the boundary, bouncing it the wrong side of the post. (Q4 2:05)
Dustin Martin kicks one of the more impressive goals of the season. The ball falls his way inside the arc. Dustin gathers, spins around bananas it through from 40! (Q4 3:34)
Martin plays the role of assistor this time, bounding away from Webster before finding Townsend. Jacob marks inside 35 and he kicks his fourth from the flank! (Q4 4:49)
Sinclair reads it off the pack, flicks off to Billings and the skilled Saint chips to an unopposed Membrey. Tim shoots from 45 on the flank and misses to the far side. (Q4 8:27)
Acres sends it to the top of the hotspot and Gresham gathers from the congestion via Stevens. Jade kicks around his body and misses to the far side from the pocket. (Q4 9:19)
Rioli and Ellis flick back and forth through the middle of the MCG as the Tigers search for an opening. Dan chips to Grigg on the paint of 50 and Shaun nails his third! (Q4 13:19)
Gresham kicks yet another consolation prize. Jade receives out of congestion and the youngster swings it through from 40 on the sharp angle! (Q4 14:29)
Nankervis knocks it out the back of the stoppage, continuing his dominance in the ruck. Prestia gets on the end of it and the former Sun splits the middle from 45 on the flank! (Q4 17:29)
Butler receives the pass from McIntosh and immediately dashes away from Newnes. Dan dabs the pass to Riewoldt, Jack marking on the lead. He swings it through from 40 on the flank! (Q4 18:49)
Cotchin darts the low ball and Lambert marks ahead of Roberton. Kane lines up from a step inside fifty on the flank, missing to the near side. (Q4 20:54)
Townsend marks on the wing and Newnes gives away a 50 metre penalty for knocking an opponent down off the ball. After 6 goals last week, Jacob kicks his fifth from 45 on the flank! (Q4 23:19)
Steven runs out of the resultant stoppage with ball in hand and thumps his punt into the grateful arms of Membrey. Tim shoots from 40 on the slight and slots the set shot! (Q4 25:14)
The Saints make it two in a minute! Billings runs onto the loose ball and snaps it through from the tight angle, a classic small forward play! (Q4 26:19)
Ellis, Grigg and Butler combine and Dan puts it through from point blank range with 23 seconds left to play out! (Q4 31:14)
Billings dabs short to Gresham as the Saints win the final clearance of the afternoon. Jade kicks post siren from 45 out directly in front, kicking his fifth of the day! (Q4 32:14)

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