Hawthorn brutally exposed what happens when Richmond is off its game totally, so surprising to watch given how rare it has been over the last three years.
It was an intriguing battle between two systems; the fine-tuned chaos of Richmond against a Geelong outfit having to adjust to the biggest match of their season without their fulcrum.
It’s been a fascinating season for Richmond. On the surface, it appeared their extensive injuries up until the bye would cruel any chances of a premiership tilt.
There was an element of the unknown walking into Marvel Stadium on Friday night.
There may be medium and long-term questions still to be resolved around the list structure, but today we focus on an undeniable truth through eight rounds of 2018:
The test to see just where North Melbourne is at is only a few hours away at Etihad Stadium.
We’ve heard plenty about how Richmond is currently cutting a swathe through the league, and with good reason.
The mood in the outer seems restless after Wednesday night’s performance. But this isn’t going to be a doom and gloom post.