Richmond have enjoyed their best win in a generation over rivals Collingwood, with Ty Vickery’s six goals helping the Tigers dish out a 91-point belting.
Richmond was bold and smart with the football in a 23.9 (147) to 7.14 (56) win on Saturday that mathematically rules out the Magpies of making the top eight.
In the first half, Collingwood kicked themselves out of the contest and in the second, the Tigers roared home in front of 63,178 people at a sun-soaked MCG.
Starved of recent success against the Magpies, for much of the match Richmond looked like recording a win not seen since the famed 81-point 1980 grand final.
After a final term of nine straight majors, they’d eclipsed it.
The Tigers had winners all over the field.
Brandon Ellis powered Richmond in midfield, joining 11 other Tiger goalkickers led by best-afield Vickery.
Richmond’s defence, led by Alex Rance, blanketed Magpie talls Travis Cloke and Ben Reid.
But Vickery stole the show with six goals, the first five in front of a raucous Punt Road end, after three Sam Lloyd majors in the opening 12 minutes set up the win.
Levi Greenwood and Scott Pendlebury replied through set shots, and the Magpies had three in a row when Jamie Elliot completed a remarkable run.
Picking up the ball outside the 50 metre arc, Elliot kept the ball inside the boundary line by just the stitching on the Sherrin, burning off Nick Vlaustin to kick a fine goal.
In response, Brett Deledio nabbed his first of three goals, and Vickery kicked two terrific long bombs to give Richmond a four-goal lead at the first change.
It was a lead they would never give up.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said he was delighted with their “developing core that stood up”.
Hardwick said Vickery’s haul was only achievable with Jack Riewoldt’s support act.
“It was good reward for Ty, but I thought Jack played a really selfless role today,” he said.
“The way he moved around and gave Ty space was really important, once again a real leader’s game.
“We’re starting to get some consistency in our performance … but we’ve still got some work to do.”
The Magpies responded in the second term and laid siege to the Tigers’ goal.
Despite a 20-10 inside-50 differential, Nathan Buckley’s side couldn’t kick straight to save themselves, scoring just seven behinds for the term.
From that point on, Buckley said he’d seen a performance from a side that was out of petrol.
“We loosened the grip, we let go and we stopped working,” he said.
“We lowered our colours today against our own standards.”
Richmond simply did as they liked as the clock ticked down, with nine unanswered goals including a well-celebrated major to retiring former captain Chris Newman.