3:20 PM (AEST) Sunday, April 29 at the MCG, Richmond
Round 6 of the AFL comes to a close on Sunday afternoon when Collingwood hosts the defending champions Richmond at the MCG.
Collingwood: Sam Murray, Lynden Dunn, Jack Crisp; Brayden Maynard, Matthew Scharenberg, Jeremy Howe; Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Tom Phillips; Jordan de Goey, Ben Reid, Will Hoskin-Elliott; James Aish, Mason Cox, Jaidyn Stephenson; Brodie Grundy, Callum Brown, Adam Treloar.
Richmond: Alex Rance, David Astbury, Dylan Grimes; Bachar Houli, Nathan Broad, Nick Vlastuin; Shaun Grigg, Trent Cotchin, Kamdyn McIntosh; Jason Castagna, Josh Caddy, Jack Higgins; Shane Edwards, Jack Riewoldt, Dan Butler; Toby Nankervis, Kane Lambert, Dustin Martin.
There have been 206 games played between these two sides, with the Magpies winning 117 games to the Tigers 88, while 1 match has been drawn. The Tigers won their last encounter in Round 2 last year, by 19 points.
Collingwood had an average season last year finishing down in 13th place. They carried their unimpressive form into Round 1 this year when they failed to threaten Hawthorn, going down 101-67. They were much better in Round 2, despite again losing 95-79 to Greater Western Sydney. Collingwood finally scored a win albeit not convincingly, over the lowly Carlton by 4 goals. In Round 4 the Pies flogged the highly fancied Crows by 8 goals. In Round 5 the Magpies beat Essendon on ANZAC Day by 101-52.
Richmond surprised everyone last season as they scored their 11th premiership and their first in 37 years when they hammered Title favourites Adelaide by 8 goals in the Grand Final. Their whole finals campaign saw them hammer favourite after favourite. In the first week they beat Geelong by 51 points. They then beat GWS by 6 goals to advance to the Grand Final. Expectations will be much higher for them this year as defending champions. They eased into the season with a 121-95 win over lowly Carlton before losing by 6 goals to Adelaide. Richmond then beat a rejuvenated Hawthorn side by 13 points. In Round 4 the Tigers produced one of the greatest defensive performances in the history of the club as they won 110-17. Last week Richmond beat Melbourne 102-56.
Up front – These are the two best defensive sides in the League, while the Tigers are 10 goals better in attack.
Richmond will be favourites, but this will be a tight battle, with points hard to come by.