Spearhead Jack Riewoldt kicked six goals as a resurgent Richmond crashed Sydney’s party and scored a stunning 18-point victory over the Swans at the SCG on Friday.
The Tigers kicked ii goals to three in the second half to overturn a 33-point third quarter deficit and record a 14.11 (95) TO 11.11 (77) win.
It was Richmond’s fifth win from their last six games and another stirring road effort, adding to earlier away wins against Brisbane, Port Adelaide and Fremantle.
Having strike forwards Lance Franklin and Kurt Tippett put on report added further anxiety for the Swans.
Franklin had his number taken in the second quarter after he collected Shane Edwards with a bump to the head, though the Tiger played on after absorbing the initial contact.
Edwards didn’t start the second half, undergoing a concussion test, though he did return to the game.
Tippett was booked for a late high hit on Dylan Grimes in the third quarter.
Franklin was completely dominated by Alex Rance after being booked, failing to add to his two first half goals.
Prior to the game, Sydney had cause to celebrate with gun midfielder Dan Hannebery signing a five-year contract extension and the vast majority of the Swans 2005 premiership-winning team driven around the field.
Over 37,000 fans, Sydney’s biggest home crowd of the season, witnessed a stunning second half turnaround, with Riewoldt, Rance, Trent Cotchin and Ty Vickery prominent.
A tight opening quarter featured six lead changes, with neither side getting more than six points ahead.
The second quarter was virtually one-way traffic with Sydney kicking 5.3 to 1.1 to sell their six-point first quarter lead to 32 by halftime.
The pendulum started to swing back towards the Tigers in the third quarter as they slammed on four straight goals, with Cotchin triggering the revival with a remarkable goal, which he kicked of the ground from a horizontal position.
Tom Mitchell and Luke Parker appeared to have steadied the Sydney ship with two goals in a minute, but Richmond refused to crumble.
Riewoldt kicked the first goal of the final quarter to get them ahead by nine and the Swans had four shots without landing a goal before Kurt Tippett levelled the score.
It was the last hurrah of a beaten side as goals to Riewoldt, Ivan Maric and Anthony Miles secured a famous Richmond win.