After three straight wins, the Tigers – and their army – are on the march. With September firmly in their sights for the first time since 2001, the Tigers celebrated a commanding 60-point win over the Western Bulldogs on Saturday night that catapulted them to sixth on the ladder. Meanwhile, the Saints are at the opposite end of the table at 15th although their 35-point win over Melbourne on Saturday gave fans something to cheer about after a challenging week off-field. It was their third win for the season after earlier beating Greater Western Sydney and Carlton.
WHERE AND WHEN: MCG, Sunday June 30, 4.40pm
LAST FIVE TIMES
Rd 2, 2013, Richmond 14.15 (99) d St Kilda 12.10 (82) at the MCG
Rd 10, 2012, Richmond 18.13 (121) d St Kilda 16.17 (113) at Etihad Stadium
Rd 2, 2011, St Kilda 13.17 (95) drew Richmond 14.11 (95) at the MCG
Rd 21, 2010, St Kilda 17.13 (115) d Richmond 14.10 (94) at Etihad Stadium
Rd 11, 2010, St Kilda 14.13 (97) d Richmond 8.11 (59) at Etihad Stadium
THE SIX POINTS
1. Richmond's Nick Vlastuin is having some kind of a first year. He won a NAB AFL Rising Star nomination for his 23-disposal game in round seven against Port Adelaide and has played every game since his round five debut. He's been steadily climbing in the Official AFL Player Ratings
as well – he held an overall position of 636th in the competition after his first game but is now 480th with eight games under his belt.
2. Richmond defeated St Kilda earlier this season in round two at the MCG by 17 points with Jack Riewoldt booting seven goals. The Tigers have won the past two contests between the sides.
3. Riewoldt's record against the Saints is impressive; he's kicked 30 goals in just eight games, including 15 in their past two meetings.
4. St Kilda used to dominate Richmond. From 2003 to 2011, the Saints won 13 of 15 clashes between the sides. This will be the 177th head-to-head with Richmond holding a clear advantage of 104 wins to 69 with three draws, including one in 2011.
5. At the MCG, there have been 31 previous meetings with 20 wins to eight in the Tigers' favour, as well as three draws.
6. Richmond hasn't defeated St Kilda twice in the same season since 2000, and the Tigers – despite their recent wins - continue to be the worst tackling side in 2013 with an average of 53.4 per game to St Kilda's 59.2 per game, which leaves the Saints ranked 15th in the competition in that area.