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AFL 2021 LIVE updates: Richmond maintain control despite Hawthorn’s best efforts

Follow all the major moments as round two reaches its conclusion with Sunday football.

The Bulldogs and Eagles do battle in less than half an hour’s time. Last time they played, the Dogs snapped a five-match losing streak against the Eagles and won a thriller in Round 16 last season by just two points. The margin could have been far greater as the Bulldogs won the inside 50s count by 18, their second-best differential in any match in 2020.

The Hawks have actually started the third quarter reasonably well, but unfortunately for them they just can’t quite get the reward they’re looking for on the scoreboard.

After nine minutes, there still hasn’t been a goal scored by either side. The Tigers lead by 22 points, 8.7.55 to 5.3.33.

Liam Shiels is tackled by Kane Lambert.

Liam Shiels is tackled by Kane Lambert.Credit:Getty Images

The AFL’s oldest player Shaun Burgoyne crunches Trent Cotchin, who turns 31 in a couple of weeks.

Shaun Burgoyne tackles Trent Cotchin.

Shaun Burgoyne tackles Trent Cotchin.Credit:Getty Images

Richmond hold a comfortable lead with the clear class differential between the sides very evident.

But the Hawks - having conceded the first three goals - have hung in there and the game has not yet got completely away from them.

The Tigers’ ball movement has been superior to that of Hawthorn who were very fumbly early.

Tom Lynch has looked very dangerous while the decision to send Shaun Burgoyne to Dustin Martin has not curbed the three-time Norm Smith Medallist.

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During the main break of the Hawks-Tigers clash, why not take a trip down memory lane to a classic clash between the two clubs in 1992 which saw Jason Dunstall boot 17 goals at Waverley Park.

Click here to read the full match report.

Jason Dunstall leads Hawthorn off the field after 17 goals.

Jason Dunstall leads Hawthorn off the field after 17 goals.Credit:Darrin Braybrook

At half-time, the Tigers lead the Hawks 8.7.55 to 5.2.32 and Dustin Martin has once again been one of Richmond’s best players.

Ever wondered why he is so hard to tackle? Click here to read Michael Gleeson’s excellent analysis piece.

Every time the Hawks look like they’re making inroads, like Luke Breust thought he was doing early in the second term, the Tigers find a response and with 3:19 left in the first half, the reigning premiers maintain their 24-point advantage, 7.7.49 to 4.1.25.

Howe has been one of Hawthorn’s best with 12 disposals, five marks and three intercepts.

A rare mistake from Richmond with Edwards’ no-look handball going straight to Morrison who sizes up the goals and snaps truly from 35m out.

The Hawks find themselves 18 points down now halfway through the second quarter, 5.7.37 to 3.1.19.

Despite how dominant Richmond have been, they certainly haven’t got full bang for buck on the scoreboard.

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