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Richmond survive a Bulldog scare to make it 21 straight at the G

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FULL TIME

The Tigers have survived a scare to make it 21 wins on the trot at the MCG.

The Bulldogs charged home but fell three points short.

The Dogs hit the post three times in the final term.

Jack Riewoldt booted five goals to extend his lead in the race for the Coleman to seven ahead of Tom Hawkins and Ben Brown, and eight ahead of Lance Franklin.

Brown plays against St Kilda on Sunday, while Buddy plays the Hawks on Saturday night.

Riewoldt’s third goal was his 600th career goal, making him just the fourth Tiger to reach that milestone.

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HALF TIME

The Bulldogs are leading by two points at the main break.

Richmond may have one eye on the upcoming finals; 11 Tigers have not laid a tackle yet.

But Matthew Lloyd said the Bulldogs’ plan hasn’t allowed the Tigers to tackle.

“They’re kicking the ball around,” Lloydy said.

“West Coast beat Richmond with a kicking game, keepings-off.

“They’re not allowing the ball to be in congestion, and it’s really worked well.”

Leigh Matthews agreed, pointing out the Dogs have taken 74 uncontested marks.

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THE BUILD-UP

The last time these teams met, the Dogs won by five points.

It was Round 7, 2017, and the Bulldogs had only played six matches since their premiership glory.

Boy, a lot’s changed since then!

The Tigers will be minor premiers regardless of the result here, but they won’t be flirting with form ahead of the finals.

The Bulldogs have turned the corner somewhat in the last month as they look to take some positives into 2019. A win over the Tigers would be the perfect momentum to take into the off-season.

Can the Doggies spring an upset at the G?

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