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Western Bulldogs and Richmond post AFL wins, Fremantle defeats Greater Western Sydney

Nat Fyfe is subbed out in the Dockers' 31-point victory over the Giants, while the Bulldogs record a gripping win over West Coast after Richmond defeated Hawthorn.

Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe was subbed out with suspected concussion during the Dockers' convincing 31-point win over Greater Western Sydney in Perth.

In other round-three results on Sunday, the Western Bulldogs scored a thrilling seven-point win over West Coast and Richmond remained unbeaten with a 29-point victory over Hawthorn.

The Dockers' 11.21 (87) to 7.14 (56) win came at a significant cost, with Fyfe left dazed and confused after copping a high bump from the Giants' Sam Reid late in the third quarter.

Fyfe was watching the ball after his teammate dropped a mark when Reid came in to collect him.

The two-time Brownlow medallist, who had tallied 1.2 from 15 disposals, was helped off the field by trainers before being subbed out of the match.

The incident is sure to be looked at by match review officer Michael Christian given the serious and high impact of the bump when not in possession of the ball.

Dockers defender Brennan Cox also suffered an injury scare following a heavy collision with teammate Reece Conca, but he was able to return.

David Mundy wound back the clock with a best afield display for the Dockers.

Mundy, in his 334th AFL match, posted 35 disposals, six clearances, and 15 score involvements.

Fellow midfielder Andrew Brayshaw (32 disposals, two goals) was also crucial in the home side's victory.

Sunday's result saw the Giants slump to a 0-2 record and on current form they appear destined for a second straight season without finals action.

The Giants posted a wayward 1.9 (15) in the first half, with their sloppy execution in front of goal costing them dearly.

They were also error-riddled all across the park, and they will need to improve drastically if they are to beat in-form Melbourne next Sunday.

Bontempelli stars in Bulldogs' thrilling win
Two Western Bulldogs AFL players embrace as they celebrate a goal against West Coast.Two Western Bulldogs AFL players embrace as they celebrate a goal against West Coast.
Marcus Bontempelli (left) and Bailey Smith had reason to celebrate with the win over the Eagles.(

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The Western Bulldogs have overturned a 13-point deficit midway through the final term to pip West Coast by seven points in a gripping encounter at Docklands.

In a topsy-turvy match that included 14 lead changes, Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli iced the match with less than a minute remaining by calmly kicking his third goal in a heroic performance.

Bontempelli was the difference, stepping up early and late to finish with 30 disposals as the Bulldogs won 14.16 (100) to 14.9 (93).

Jermaine Jones put the Eagles back in front at the 27-minute mark with a roving goal in the square, but the Bulldogs hit back immediately through Aaron Naughton to reclaim the lead.

After West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui powered the visitors out of the middle for most of the match, the Bulldogs' midfielders responded in the final term.

Bontempelli and the prolific Jack Macrae (40 disposals) were outstanding all match, but ex-Collingwood on-baller Adam Treloar lifted late.

The Eagles appeared to be streaming away to a rousing victory when they piled on three quick goals just before three-quarter time to turn a seven-point deficit into a 12-point lead at the final change.

Josh Bruce was the Bulldogs' most potent forward, with the former St Kilda tall capturing form to kick three majors in one of his better performances since joining the club ahead of last season.

West Coast's forwards, led by the evergreen Josh Kennedy, took hold of the Bulldogs' defence in an exciting display.

A West Coast Eagles AFL player drops the ball from his right hand as he prepares to kick.A West Coast Eagles AFL player drops the ball from his right hand as he prepares to kick.
West Coat's Liam Ryan (right) attempts to get a kick away against the Bulldogs.(

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Kennedy, who has kicked more goals against the Bulldogs than any other club, was on fire with four goals, while the electric Liam Ryan slotted two and almost brought down multiple mark-of-the-year contenders.

Jack Darling (three), Oscar Allen and Jamaine Jones (two each) also caused havoc for the Bulldogs' defenders.

The Bulldogs have five days to back up for a Good Friday clash with North Melbourne, while West Coast host ladder-leaders Port Adelaide in Perth on Saturday night.

Tigers do it easy over Hawks
A Richmond AFL player hand balls with his left fist against Hawthorn at the MCG.A Richmond AFL player hand balls with his left fist against Hawthorn at the MCG.
Dustin Martin played a pivotal role in the Tigers' victory over the Hawks.(

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Richmond star Dustin Martin continued his strong start to the season as the reigning premiers ground out a 29-point win over Hawthorn at the MCG.

The competition's best player was under the direct watch of Hawks veteran Shaun Burgoyne for long periods but still had 28 disposals and kicked a superb running goal out of the centre square.

Martin was unselfish in attack, finishing with five score assists, as key forwards Jack Riewoldt and Tom Lynch combined for six majors in the 11.12 (78) to 7.7 (49) win.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin returned after missing round one through illness and did not miss a beat, gathering 27 disposals in a strong display.

Dion Prestia, Shai Bolton and Noah Balta were all influential contributors for Richmond.

Hawthorn ball magnet Tom Mitchell (37 disposals) racked up touches at will but it did not appear to overly concern the Tigers, who held sway from the outset.

In their only meeting last year, the Hawks stunned Richmond with five unanswered first-quarter goals to lay the platform for a huge upset.

But any hopes of a repeat this time were snuffed out in the opening term as the efficient Tigers kicked the first three majors to create a buffer.

They did enough to keep Hawthorn at arm's length in what was a fairly even contest by the numbers as the teams went goal for goal through the middle period of the match.

The Tigers were never seriously challenged and led at every change before pulling clear in the final term.

Luke Breust and Tyler Brockman kicked two goals each for the Hawks, whose loss was further soured by an ankle injury to Will Day.

The young gun was substituted out of the match during the third quarter and replaced by Jack Scrimshaw.

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