Tigers Beat Blues in AFL Season Opener

Friday, March 19th, 2021

Richmond has defeated Carlton by 25 points in the AFL season opener.

The Tigers won 15.15 (105) to the Blues’ 11.14 (80) at the MCG.

Triple premiership player and three-time Norm Smith Medallist Dustin Martin shone for the Tigers in the gritty encounter.

Blues coach David Teague says there are lots of positives coming out of the match, and he’s proud of his side’s efforts despite the loss.

“We’ve got growth areas; I thought Richmond were really strong and they hurt us when they got it down there in their front half,” Teague says.

“I sit here with a lot of belief in this playing group – yep, we’ve got a lot of things to work on and we’ve got to do it, but I know this group will work hard and I can’t wait next week till our fans fill the stadium and hopefully the crowds go up and we’ve got 75,000 Carlton supporters in there.”

Both teams activated the new medical substitute rule; Blues player Jack Silvagni left the field with a shoulder injury while Tiger Nick Vlastuin withdrew with a corked knee.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Vlastuin will undergo scans.

 

Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/diongillard/950521489

 

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