RICHMOND 7.9 (51)
SYDNEY 9.8 (62)
Sydney has taken its winning streak to nine -- but they had to earn it.
The Tigers led at every change, snatching the lead at the last change thanks to an Anthony Miles goal after the siren.
Most onlookers believed the Swans would find a way, and they did, with star recruit Lance Franklin booting the only two goals of the final term to finish with four goals.
"They definitely made us earn it, that's for sure," Franklin told Channel 7 after the game.
"They beat us in the contested ball in the first half and we had to address that."
The Tigers led for 74 minutes of the game but did not stand up when it counted.
Swans midfielder Josh Kennedy, who finished with 24 disposals, said the Swans -- now second on the ladder -- have plenty of improvement to find.
"Yes, we've been winning but if you look at our past two weeks, there are lots of areas we need to improve," he said.
"Even though we missed Hanners (Dan Hannebery) and Ben McGlynn, our young guys really stood up.
"We were really happy with Zak Jones in his first game tonight."
Jones came on at the start of the third term after the Swans subbed off Rhyce Shaw, who injured his left ankle and finished the match on crutches.
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Goodes misses a set shot. Mark should have been paid to Deledio up the other end but wasn't.
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Jeremy Laidler has a long shot at goal but it hits the post.
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Holding the man decision paid against Rance on Franklin. He makes the Tigers pay by kicking his fourth and giving the Swans some breathing space.
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Franklin works some magic on the wing, pumps it long to space where Cunningham and Grimes compete in a foot race... in comes Jake Lloyd whose shot at goal misses to the right.
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Dustin Martin does brilliantly at half-forward to spot up Riewoldt. The spearhead can't convert though. Disappointing as it was very gettable.
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Richmond fails to kill the ball and take it across the line. Swans get it to Franklin, who gets a half-chance, and it's all he needs as he sails through his third major. Swans back in front.
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Last term underway... Dustin Martin has a chance to kick the first goal of the term but grubbers one and it's just off target.
RICHMOND 7.6 (48)
SYDNEY 7.5 (47)
Former Giant Anthony Miles nails a goal from 50m on the siren (Richmond's only major for the quarter) to put the Tigers in front at the last change.
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Jarrad McVeigh boots the Swans' third in a row to take back the lead. Adam Goodes and Kieren Jack involved in the build up.Back to top
Scrap that... could be an ankle or knee injury to Hampson.
Shaun Hampson coming off with a leg injury... could be just a corked thigh.
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Vlastuin intercepts the kick in. Can't kick the goal. One behind only. Tigers re-gain the lead.
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Cotchin marks 50m out. His shot at goal fails to go the distance... punched through.
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Luke Parker plucks a miraculous mark when everyone else expected the ball to float over the pack. He can't convert though. One behind. Swans lead.
Tigers activate their sub... Thomas on; Matt Dea off.
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All Richmond defenders were looking at Buddy, expecting him to fly for it, and in came Sam Reid who took the contested mark. He kicks the goal - that makes two for him. Scores level.
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Kieren Jack to Brandon Jack who fires at goal from 50m... misses to the right but all the momentum with the Swans.
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Brandon Ellis unlucky to be pinged for holding the ball. Jarrad McVeigh gets the free. His shot at goal falls short and is helped through for a rushed behind.
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Swans get the first of the third term through Kieren Jack, his second.Back to top