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Power drained as Tigers flex finals muscle

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Dion Prestia starred at the stoppages, finishing with 32 possessions and 10 clearances, as the Tigers flexed their finals muscles in an impressive 16.13 (109) to 10.11 (71) win at Adelaide Oval.Trent Cotchin and Daniel Rioli were also outstanding, while Toby Nankervis was the dominant big man on the ground with 29 disposals and 42 hitouts.“We’re starting to play some reasonable football, I thought we were pretty consistent apart from a couple of phases, but I thought the guys dug deep,” Damien Hardwick said.“The pleasing thing for us is that we had some players that weren’t quite performing to their level of expectation but then they changed and had a significant output.“I was really pleased with how the boys played.”Watch every blockbuster AFL match this weekend Live & Ad-Break Free In-Play on Kayo. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >In a disappointing season, Ken Hinkley has often been left to lament that his side is not good enough for long enough and it was again the case, with the Power trading blows in an entertaining first half before falling away in a disappointing third term where seven goals were conceded.The Tigers improved to an 11-1-8 record with the important win that keeps them well in the hunt for a top-eight finish, while Port slipped to 8-12.With just two games remaining, the result means the Power will finish the season with a negative win-loss record for only the second time in Hinkley’s 10-year tenure.Ollie Wines, Travis Boak and Zak Butters were prominent for the Power, with Charlie Dixon and Jeremy Finlayson booting two goals apiece.WOOZY WINESA shaken Wines left the field for assessment in the first quarter after he was taken to the ground heavily in a Cotchin tackle.With his left arm pinned, the Brownlow Medal winner’s head struck the turf at the end of a slinging tackle that come under match review scrutiny.Thankfully, Wines was cleared to return to the game and overcame a sluggish start to fire up his side in the second quarter.Wines had 13 possessions for the term, with the Power erasing a nine-point quarter-time deficit to hit the lead when Robbie Gray converted a free kick after Nathan Broad was pinged for a deliberate rushed behind.BOLTON GOES BANGBolton put in one of the more entertaining five-possession first halves of the season, striking twice late in the opening two quarters.The Tigers’ livewire, who had an engrossing duel with Ryan Burton, goaled from long range after the quarter-time siren and his second in the shadows of half-time was one out of the box.With the ball pumped deep into Richmond’s crowded attacking 50, Bolton cleanly gathered the Sherrin off the ground, evaded three defenders and sent a spectacular snapped goal through at post height.He struck again in the third and final terms, but a superb showing could’ve been something truly special if he had kicked a little straighter, finishing with 4.5.LYNCH GETS LOOSELynch looked set for a big night in the first quarter when he clearly troubled opponent Trent McKenzie, but he only managed one goal from three shots for the term.McKenzie held his own in the second, but Lynch did the damage in a pivotal third quarter.Twice McKenzie slipped over to allow Lynch to add second and third goals and after the Tigers’ power forward snapped his fourth from a forward 50 stoppage Hinkley made the switch with Aliir Aliir given the task.The third quarter was largely played on Richmond’s terms, the visitors leading by 40 points after Bolton kicked his third and Noah Cumberland snapped truly.Making the performance even more praiseworthy, the Tigers had to shuffle the deck when defender Nick Vlastuin was subbed out of the game soon after the main break with small forward Jason Castagna the medical sub.Vlastuin immediately left the ground following a fearsome clash with Dixon, with the Port forward’s knee crunching into Vlastuin’s ribs in a marking contest.“There were some critical parts of the game that we were beaten badly in,” Hinkley said.“We had plenty of opportunities, but they were a bit cleaner with the ball and they were able to take territory off us, which is a really big part of our game.”SCOREBOARDPOWER 3.1 6.4 9.6 10.11 71)TIGERS 4.4 7.6 14.10 16.13 (109)PHELAN’S BEST Power: Wines, Butters, Boak, Houston, Drew, Bergman. Tigers: Prestia, Bolton, Cotchin, Lynch, D Rioli, Nankervis.GOALS Power: Dixon 2, Finlayson 2, Bergman, Butters, Duursma, Gray, Burgoyne, Rozee. Tigers: Lynch 4, Bolton 4, Cumberland 2, D Rioli 2, M Rioli, Riewoldt, Ross, Pickett.INJURIES Power: Rozee (knee). Tigers: Vlastuin (ribs).UMPIRESHaussen, Nicholls, Hosking VENUEADELAIDE OVALPLAYER OF THE YEARJASON PHELAN’S VOTES3 Prestia (Rich)2 Bolton (Rich)1 Wines (Port)

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