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Riewoldt leaps into Coleman Medal lead

Highlights: Gold Coast v Richmond The Suns and Tigers clash in round 21

1. Riewoldt shoots into Coleman Medal lead
Jack Riewoldt has charged into Coleman Medal contention with his sensational 10-goal haul putting the Richmond spearhead at the top of the goal kicking table with 58 for the year. He was irrepressible from the start, booting 4.3 free in the first quarter to put the Tigers in the box seat early. He left it late to register his double-digit enabling last goal, snapping truly with only two seconds on the clock. If it wasn't for a few gettable misses – Riewoldt also booted six behinds – he could have finished with an even bigger bag.

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2. Richmond locks in home advantage
Richmond has now secured a two top finish and an extended run at the MCG on the back of its 74-point win over the Gold Coast. Ominously for their September rivals, the Tigers won't have to leave the MCG again if they win their first home final. With their last two home and away games also at their favourite hunting ground, the Tigers are sure to continue their charge into September with plenty of momentum. For all their domination so far this season, this was Richmond's first interstate win for the year.

3. Soldo steps up
In his first senior game of the season, ruckman Ivan Soldo showed he is more than handy as a back-up should Toby Nankervis ever face a long stint on the sideline. Up against Jarrod Witts, who has been a solid performer for the Suns this season particularly at Metricon, Soldo acquitted himself well to finish with 34 hit-outs and four clearances. Bachar Houli and Dion Prestia were also great contributors in their return to the first team, racking up 26 and 23 possessions respectively.

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4. Ah Chee in air space
Gold Coast fans would be hard pressed to pull out many highlights from the match, but Callum Ah Chee's last quarter screamer injected some excitement for the home crowd. The ball was floated up just outside of the goal square and the 20-year-old utility took the opportunity to ride on Richmond's David Astbury and pull down a great mark. He kicked truly to kick start what was the Suns' best quarter for the game, with Gold Coast only outscored by one point.

5. Cotchin kept quiet
Gold Coast can claim one match-up win from the game, with Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin kept to a quiet 12 disposals for the day. Most of the credit can go to Brayden Fiorini, the Suns midfielder who followed Cotchin for much of the game and finished with a game-high 29 disposals. Fiorini missed 11 games in the middle of the season with injury, but has been building form since returning in round 19. Not that Cotchin's quiet day mattered for the Tigers, with the extra workload evenly spread out between Dustin Martin, Shaun Grigg and Kane Lambert.