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Hawks shock Tigers



Hawthorn bounced back in emphatic fashion from their loss to Geelong last Friday night, defeating reigning premiers Richmond by 32 points at the MCG on Thursday night.


Alastair Clarkson's men burst out of the blocks, kicking five opening term goals to their opponents nil to set up the eventual winning margin, 11.5 (71) to 5.9 (39).


Without champion midfielder Dustin Martin the Tigers looked sluggish from the outset, suffering a second consecutive goalless opening term, the Hawks midfield lifting their work rate after criticism from their coach following the Cats loss.


Isaac Smith starred with 21 first half touches, with great support from Tom Mitchell, James Worpel and the returning Jaeger O'Meara.


Chad Wingard kicked 3 majors for the winners, Jack Gunston with two goals of his own as the Hawks had 22 contributors across the board.


Twin towers Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt struggled for impact for Richmond, only able to kick one goal between them, Jason Castagna the only multiple goal scorer with two.


Smith had 29 disposals for the Hawks to be the leading possession getter on the ground, while Bachar Houli had 25 disposals on a tough night for Damien Hardwick's team.


Hawthorn face North Melbourne in round four, while Richmond will meet St Kilda at Docklands.


IMAGE: AFL website.

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