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Every Richmond player rated from the elimination final

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers celebrates a goal during the 2015 AFL First Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia on September 13, 2015. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jack Riewoldt was easily Richmond's best player with four goals

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Jake Batchelor – 4
Unfortunately copped Jarrad Waite in one of his dangerous moods and he could do little to quell him. He was not helped by the way the ball came in at times and although beaten on the day he battled hard.

Troy Chaplin – 5
After doing a good job on Ben Brown in the first half, he undid his good work with a poor decision to try to run around small forward Robin Nahas. It resulted in a North Melbourne goal and put the Tigers on the back foot.

Reece Conca – 4
Big ask playing just his third game for the season in a cut-throat final. He had an immediate impact after coming on as the sub midway through the third quarter kicking an excellent goal. A last-quarter turnover was costly but he did what he could to lift the team.

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Trent Cotchin – 3
The skipper had just nine disposals - the equal-lowest tally for his career. Ben Jacobs wore him like a blanket and he just couldn't shrug him. Made four tackles but had just one mark in a disappointing game.

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Brett Deledio – 5
Started off in promising fashion when he ran down Todd Goldstein and kicked a goal from the subsequent free kick. But he was uncharacteristically quiet after quarter-time, finishing with just 17 disposals and five contested possessions.

Shane Edwards – 3
He was the beneficiary of crucial 50-metre penalty late in the first half that allowed him to kick a goal and was very unlucky not to be rewarded late in the last quarter when he tackled Ben Cunnington in the forward pocket. He gathered just eight disposals in a disappointing finish to a good year.

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Brandon Ellis – 4
Averaged 25 disposals for the year coming into the game but had a day to forget with just 10 possessions and lowered his colours to Sam Gibson. He could not generate his usual drive and the Tigers lacked rebound because of it.

Dylan Grimes – 7
Hit Shaun Higgins hard in a bone-crunching collision and attacked the football in courageous style throughout. He was one of the Tigers' most reliable defenders, winning crucial contests and holding up attacks more than once. 

Ben Griffiths – 2
In the end his selection did not work but it so nearly did. He missed two gettable goals in the first quarter, but was barely sighted after that. He was eventually subbed out in the third quarter with just four possessions to his name and also clumsily spoiled teammate Jack Riewoldt's attempted screamer.

Shaun Grigg – 4
The game turned when a hesitant Grigg turned the ball over in the second quarter and the subsequent goal brought North Melbourne back into the game. Despite that Grigg battled hard and won clearances but he could not finish as well as he had most of 2015.

Bachar Houli – 6
He gave Robin Nahas a bath in the second quarter, taking three marks and nullifying the small forward. Unfortunately his disposals weren't as effective as normal so he could not maximise the impact of his ascendancy over his opponent.

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Taylor Hunt – 5
Had an excellent first half, was tough, busy and brave enough to want the ball winning 14 touches. After half-time he went missing however gaining just two touches as North Melbourne shut him down effectively.

Kane Lambert – 5
Showed mettle when he kicked a last quarter goal after winning a free kick with a superb tackle on Shaun Atley. He was at the bottom of packs but did not get enough of the ball to have a real impact.

Ivan Maric – 5
Tried to curb Todd Goldstein and did a reasonably job, particularly in the first half but could not stop the big Kangaroo from hopping over him at centre bounces. Eight of his nine disposals were contested so he fought hard but did not have an impact around the ground in open space.

Dustin Martin – 7
Had the ball on a string with nine disposals early but he bombed the ball rather than being precise. Created a goal out of nothing in the third quarter when he won possession on the members' wing and ran forward to find Kamdyn McIntosh in space. He was one of Richmond's best on the day but he had too few helping.

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Kamdyn McIntosh – 6
Looked lively at times and kicked a nice goal in the third quarter after running hard into space. Reliant on prime movers so his game suffered when they were held with just four of his possessions contested.

Anthony Miles – 8
One of Richmond's best particularly in the first half. In the second quarter he won eight contested possessions and kicked a long goal. He was much quieter in the second half and none of his teammates picked up the slack. His solid performance topped off an outstanding year.

Chris Newman – 6
Played his role, chiming in with two long goals in the first half and working his backside off in what proved to be the final game of his outstanding 268-game career.

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Alex Rance – 7
Typically tried to turn defence into attack and regularly won crucial one-on-one contests. He tried to take the game on in the final quarter when others around him were wilting and nearly breathed new life into the Tigers' season. He kept his reputation as an outstanding defender intact.

Jack Riewoldt – 8
Richmond's best player tried valiantly to drag his side over the line. Kicked four goals straight (including three in the second quarter) and stood tall in big moments with seven marks. He flew at everything, was seconds away from taking a mark of the year and used the ball well when he got it. Could not have done much more.  

Tyrone Vickery – 6
Kicked a brilliant goal in the second quarter when he trapped the ball deep in the forward pocket, ran around Lachlan Hansen and stormed into the open goal. He also kicked an outstanding long goal with eight seconds remaining in the third to keep Richmond in the game. Unfortunately he missed a running shot with less than five minutes remaining when he had other options but he can't be criticised for taking the kick.

Nick Vlaustin – 5
Given no space by North Melbourne's forwards, he could not get his running game out of defence going. The Kangaroos blocked off his usual outlets and he struggled to find a way forward. Finished with 12 disposals to just break even.