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AFL: Cats set new standard in smashing Richmond

Geelong's Patrick Dangerfield collars Tiger Sydney Stack earlier this year. Photo: Getty
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Patrick Dangerfield says the Cats set themselves to make a statement against Richmond – and they succeeded, smashing the Tigers by 67 points at the MCG on Friday night.

Dangerfield, who was best on ground with 38 disposals including 17 contested possessions, said the Cats were keen to match a team that had beaten them in the past three matches.

“We set ourselves … Massive challenge against Richmond,” Dangerfield told Channel Seven after the match.

“Because of the history, we knew we had to start well. We didn’t necessarily do that.

It was tight. We kept turning the screws. Converted [it] when we had our opportunities.

Geelong is now 11-1 for the season and outright premiership favourites after a stunning display of midfield running and forward strength.

The Tigers scored the first two goals of Friday night’s clash to lead by 11 points at quarter-time, but in a stunning the Cats slammed through the next 11 majors to storm to a 16.8 (104) to 5.7 (37) win.

Gary Ablett had an impressive 24-disposal, two-goal display, while Mitch Duncan (34) and Tim Kelly (32) were also good for the Cats.

Tom Hawkins was the leading goal kicker on the ground with four, with Gryan Miers also impressive with three.

Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin (23 touches) and Dustin Martin (26) led the charge for the Tigers, but the Cats were up by 30 points at halftime.

Both sides finished with injury concerns, the Cats’ Esava Ratugolea out with a hamstring issue in the third quarter and Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin out with a rib problem.

Geelong will next enjoy their bye round, while the Tigers must back up for a clash with the Crows at Adelaide Oval on Thursday night.

Meanwhile, the AFL’s score review system will be in the spotlight again this week after Richmond appeared to be denied a goal in the second quarter.

The AFL admitted to two errors in round 11 and on Friday night Jack Higgins looked to have booted a much-needed goal to stop a run of five unanswered majors by the Cats.

However,a score review was called for when the goal umpire asked for confirmation the ball had hit the post.

One camera angle looked to show a clear gap between the post and the ball but the score reviewer’s decision was to definitively award a behind.

“It’s embarrassing to have a goal review system where we (get) another angle after it has been reviewed,” Tigers champion Matthew Richardson said on the Channel Seven broadcast. “It is a goal. We saw all of the angles that the goal review umpire saw.”

-with AAP