Shaun Grigg of the Tigers takes a mark in front of Brad Sewell of the Hawks during the round nine AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
Shaun Grigg of the Tigers takes a mark in front of Brad Sewell of the Hawks during the round nine AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Hawthorn Hawks at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Scott Barbour - Getty Images

Tigers arrive with Hawks hammering

THE Tigers signalled its arrival as a danger team in the AFL by demolishing the fancied Hawks by 62 points at the MCG on Saturday.

Richmond delighted its fans and sent a message to the league with the 21.11 (137) to 10.15 (75) belting, reversing a trend of honourable losses early this season.

With much of the match played in wet conditions, only one team had the skills and the endeavour to win.

Hawthorn's Josh Gibson told Grandstand his team-mates were extremely disappointed by their performance but said it does not stop the Hawks momentum.

"I'd say it's a bit of a speed hump,'' he said of the defeat.

Read the full match report at ABC news online.


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