World News – UA – Tigers knock Saints out of final, Tom Lynch set to face match scrutiny


Richmond beat St Kilda by 31 points to secure a fourth straight preliminary final, but Tom Lynch could be under the control of the AFL Review Officer after an incident in the Tigers

Key forward Lynch was influential in his comeback from a hamstring injury with two goals in the Tigers’ 128 (80) to 613 (49) victory over the Gold Coast, but he could be in trouble for dropping a knee to Dougal Howard’s neck and shoulders as they tangled in the third quarter

Richmond’s victory sets up a preliminary final showdown with Minor Premiers Port Adelaide, as the Tigers continue their quest for back-to-back flags

Seasoned final performers Dustin Martin, Bachar Houli and Shane Edwards played against the Saints and Shai Bolton scored three goals in a lively display

The Tigers threw 51 (31) to 22 (14) in the first quarter, before establishing a lead of 17 points at halftime

They exposed an exhausted St Kilda backline who lost Josh Battle and Ben Paton to injuries for long stretches of the first half after key defender Jake Carlisle already retired during the phase of preparation for family reasons

Lynch took advantage of Carlisle’s absence and made his presence felt in the first minute with a strong contested score against Howard, which he converted to the night’s first goal

A pair of amiable rebounds gave Bolton and Kamdyn McIntosh early goals and nothing was easy for the Saints, who needed a 60-yard bomb from Shane Savage for their first major

They nearly ruined a huge power-play advantage before the ball before Dan Butler pitched their second siren of the quarter

Jack Sinclair was denied a goal when the scoring review was deemed insufficient to quash the referee’s appeal that Nick Vlastuin hit the shot on the line

The Saints dominated the first 15 minutes of the third quarter, but only managed one goal, thanks to Battle, amid a series of misses

This turned out to be costly as Dion Prestia gave a more stable kick to the other end to ensure a 23 point margin in the final change

Seb Ross reduced it to 17 points at the start of the last quarter but the Tigers responded again

Jack Steele, Hunter Clark and Dan Hannebery were among the best of the Saints and Rowan Marshall held his ground for most of the night in the melee against Toby Nankervis until the veteran Richmond arrived late.

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World news – UA – Tigers knock out Saints from finals, Tom Lynch getting ready to scrutinize the match face



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