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Fans' verdict: The chant still haunting the Tigers

Flag hero who should look elsewhere The highs and lows of the Tigers' season in The Wash-Up

IT'S THE chant set to haunt Tiger fans throughout the long footy off-season.

'USA! USA!' was the Magpie crowd's chorus as Texan forward Mason Cox tore Richmond apart in the preliminary final.

It was a cruel end to an otherwise outstanding premiership defence, and the 2018 moment most Tiger fans say they'll struggle to forget.

Giving their season verdict on Richmond in an AFL.com.au survey, fans rated their season 7.9 out of 10.

Until the prelim, the year was packed with Tiger highlights, including Jack Riewoldt's Coleman Medal and Dustin Martin's incredible goal in the qualifying final against Hawthorn that one fan aptly described as being kicked from "the MCC toilets".

Dusty delivers his miracle goal in Richmond's thumping of the Hawks. All pictures: AFL Photos

Brilliant youngster Jack Higgins was rated the season's surprise packet, while Riewoldt topped the fans' vote for player of the year to go with his club best and fairest award.

Here are the full survey results and a selection of Richmond fans' highlights and lowlights from 2018.

 
 
 

What was the moment you'll remember?

Dusty's extraordinary goal from the MCC toilets in the final against the Hawks. Absurd.
- Tim McGlone, Richmond Vic

Jack Higgins' goal of the year. For all the jokes about his blokiness, it was evidence of a brilliant football mind.
- Lisa Liew, Evandale Tas

Jack Higgins' quick mind and fast feet earned him the Coates Hire Goal of the Year. Picture: AFL Photos

Jack Riewoldt kicking 10 goals at the Gold Coast on his way to becoming the Coleman medallist. An awesome player who deserves more recognition.
- Olivia Egan, Essendon Vic

Reece Conca's teammates all getting around him following his ankle injury against Sydney in round 15.
- Damon Guy, Traralgon Vic

Looking at the ladder after the final round. Richmond on top, Carlton on the bottom.
- Ken O'Donnell, Hadfield Vic

What was the moment you'd rather forget?

The 'USA' chant during the preliminary final. It's still haunting many Tiger fans.
- Dilan Liyanage, Melbourne Vic

Riewoldt's early miss from directly in front, followed by De Goey's round-the-corner shot that split the middle. Writing on the wall.
- Shaun Pearce, Point Cook Vic

When Dusty gave away a free on the goal line in the last quarter of the preliminary final.
- Paul Estofold, Brunswick Vic

About five minutes into the preliminary final, the chilling realisation that the Tigers did not seem switched on.
- David Newman, Geelong Vic

Tigers fans' season rating

7.9/10

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