North Melbourne has bounced back to form with a comprehensive 35-point win over Richmond at Bellerive Oval in Hobart.
SCOREBOARD: NTHM v RICH
| Nth Melbourne|
|at Bellerive Oval, Hobart, May 9 2015|
| North Melbourne: 16.13 (109) – L Thomas 5, S Higgins 3, B Harvey 2, R Nahas 2, B Brown, S Wright, J Waite, D Petrie|
Richmond: 10.14 (74) – J Riewoldt 3, A Miles 2, S Edwards, I Maric, S Morris, D Martin, T Chaplin
Questions were asked after the Kangaroos were physically intimidated by Hawthorn last week, but Brad Scott’s men proved much too strong for Richmond, running out 16.13 (109) to 10.14 (74) winners on Saturday afternoon.
It was a physical contest, with plenty of attack on the football. Richmond forward Ben Griffiths left the game early after he was concussed in the opening term.
North led by seven points at the first change after a tight opening quarter – the Kangaroos were in control of the game, but they failed to make it count on the scoreboard, kicking 3.6 in the second quarter to Richmond’s 3.7 to lead by six points at the half.
Lindsay Thomas opened the second half scoring with an early goal for the Kangaroos, but after Jack Riewoldt answered for the Tigers, the Kangaroos took control, booting six goals without reply to jump out to a 41-point lead at three-quarter-time.
Richmond responded with early goals to Riewoldt and Anthony Miles to close the gap to 28 points, but that was as close as the Tigers got, as North Melbourne steadied to run the game out comfortably.
Lindsay Thomas led the way for North with five goals, while Riewoldt finished with three majors for the Tigers.
The win takes North Melbourne to 3-3 after six rounds, while Richmond slips to 2-4 after the defeat.
More to follow.