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Richmond's upset win: yellow and back?

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Richmond's Steven Morris celebrates after kicking a goal in a shock upset against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Richmond's Steven Morris celebrates after kicking a goal in a shock upset against Hawthorn at the MCG. Photo: Getty Images

RICHMOND 4.4 8.8 13.9 21.11 (137) 
HAWTHORN
1.3 4.9 8.10 10.15 (75)
GOALS Richmond: J Riewoldt 6 J King 3 D Jackson 2 D Martin 2 S Edwards 2 B Deledio I Maric R Nahas S Morris S Tuck T Cotchin. Hawthorn: L Breust 3 C Rioli 2 J Roughead 2 C Young I Smith L Franklin.
BEST Richmond: T Cotchin J Riewoldt S Tuck I Maric B Deledio N Foley A Rance C Newman. Hawthorn: S Burgoyne S Mitchell J Roughead.
UMPIRES Chris Donlon, Robert Findlay, Chris Kamolins
CROWD 51,617 at MCG


Richmond dominated Hawthorn for a breakthrough 62-point victory at the MCG today.

The Tigers impressed from the start and broke the Hawks with a seven-goal run either side of three-quarter time to win 21.11 (137) to 10.15 (75).

Richmond has shown impressive improvement this season, the upset win their best of the season as they improved to 4-5, just outside the top eight.

It is also another disaster for the Hawks, who were rated as premiership favourites.

They are 5-4 and cannot find consistent form.

Richmond ruckman Ivan Maric had another outstanding game and midfielders Nathan Foley, Shane Tuck and Trent Cotchin also starred for the Tigers.

Key forward Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals, with one coming from a towering mark in the wet as the Tigers ran away with the game in the final term.

Alex Rance blanketed Hawks star Lance Franklin and fellow defender Steven Morris was equally rock-solid.

Adding to Hawthorn's worries, midfielder Clinton Young limped off the field in the final term with a knee injury.

Utility Shaun Burgoyne was easily Hawthorn's best player across half-back.

Richmond had narrowly lost to leading sides Geelong and West Coast earlier this season as they showed signs of promise.

Then came a big win over Sydney and a narrow loss to Essendon before today's stunning performance.

The signs were ominous for the Hawks in the first term as Jake King kicked two goals to give the Tigers an 18-point lead.

Morris kicked a superb goal on the run in the second term as the Tigers led by as much as 31 points.

Cyril Rioli's goal with 30 seconds left kept Hawthorn in touch, reducing the margin to 23 points at the main break.

Richmond led Hawthorn in most areas and smashed them by 17 in contested possessions.

The Hawks mounted a stern challenge in the third term and four times reduced the margin to 17 points.

But the Tigers matched them and finally broke clear with the last two goals of the term.

Daniel Jackson then kicked a booming goal to start the final term and the Hawks were broken.

AAP

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