A much-needed triumph for Richmond has been marred by yet different wounded to a prima player, with Dustin Martin sent to infirmary aft the 20-point triumph implicit the Brisbane Lions.
With their finals hopes hanging by a thread, the Tigers overcame a half-time shortage with a second-half surge to tally retired 16. 10. (106) to 13. 8. (86) winners astatine Metricon Stadium.
Following the win, Richmond manager Damien Hardwick revealed that Martin had been sent to infirmary for precautionary reasons aft suffering a rib injury, contempt the prima midfielder himself expecting to beryllium disposable to play adjacent week, pending the results of scans.
"He got a footwear into the stomach, we've sent him to the infirmary for precautionary reasons," Hardwick said.
"Obviously we're flying location truthful we privation to marque definite he'd disposable to fly, it'd beryllium a pugnacious thrust for Dusty otherwise. We'll spot however we go.
"He feels sore, but consecutive distant helium said he'd beryllium good for adjacent week, but we'll hold and spot what the doctors accidental and what the scans show."
Already without a fig of first-choice players, the Tigers volition beryllium sweating implicit the wellness of Martin, who was flattened by Mitch Robinson successful a brutal contest.
The incidental occurred astatine a centre bounce with conscionable implicit 4 minutes near successful the 3rd 4th erstwhile Robinson charged disconnected the helping to conscionable an on-rushing Martin head-on, leaving the Brownlow Medallist doubled down.
Martin was incapable to get up onto his feet for respective moments arsenic helium was attended to by Richmond's aesculapian staff, earlier yet gingerly walking disconnected the ground.
After initially sitting connected the bench, the 30-year-old went down into Richmond's rooms astatine three-quarter-time earlier being ruled retired of the crippled with what the nine officially called a rib injury.
With pivotal matches up against chap finals contenders Geelong and Fremantle connected the skyline successful the adjacent fortnight, Richmond tin ill-afford to suffer its champion subordinate for immoderate prolonged stretch.
Martin's wounded took immoderate of the gloss disconnected a invited triumph for Damien Hardwick's side, who had mislaid 4 consecutive matches coming into tonight's clash.
The three-time Norm Smith Medallist was 1 of 2 Tigers injured, with wingman Kamdyn McIntosh substituted disconnected successful the archetypal fractional with a hamstring injury, with Jack Ross coming connected arsenic the aesculapian sub.
Richmond was boosted by Jack Riewoldt who nailed a season-high six goals successful his 300th match, portion young ruck-forward Mabior Chol added different 4 majors.
Riewoldt, who precocious signed a caller woody with the club, started the proceedings aboriginal by taking a signature precocious people and nailing a extremity successful the opening minutes.
Richmond incredibly climbed 5 spots connected the ladder aft the 20-point win, jumping to seventh connected the ladder with a lucifer against the ladder-leading Geelong connected platform successful Round 19.