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Richmond 2019 mid-season report card

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After famously soaring to the premiership in 2017, then entering the preliminary finals last year as flag favourites before a stunning exit at the hands of Collingwood, Richmond are delicately poised with a 7-6 record at the midway point of 2019. What has gone right and what has gone wrong?

Make no mistake Richmond have been brutally hit by injuries, including numerous games lost by three members of their Fab Four. But they have also arguably covered their losses better than any other team. Resilience has been their calling card in 2019. The tone for Richmond was set in the opening game when Alex Rance went down with a season-ending ACL knee injury. A week later Jack Riewoldt hurt his wrist and, thanks also to a subsequent PCL knee injury, has played just three matches.

Hitting the turf: Richmond's Jack Riewoldt injured his wrist in this incident during the round 2 clash against Collingwood.Credit:Wayne Ludbey

Patently, the injury gods were against them from the start. Furthermore, Trent Cotchin has appeared only five times. Richmond have been up and down throughout the opening half of the season, twice notching three-match winning streaks. The second one gave them a 7-3 record, seemingly putting them on track for another finals berth and maybe even top four action. But three losses ahead of the bye,........

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