Richmond made a dream start to this game. They scored their first goal quickly, ripping the ball out their defensive 50, running and handballing through the centre of the ground before a kick inside 50 allowed Vickery to mark ahead of his player, before handballing over the top for Lloyd to run into an open goal. They quickly goaled again when Maric won a free in the ruck and kicked long, where Riewoldt’s quick handpass released Lambert to kick a goal on the run from the pocket.
The Collingwood defence was leaking like federal cabinet and it was starting to look ominous soon after, when Hunt chopped off another clearing kick and kicked to the goal square where Lloyd marked in the pack and goaled again. Collingwood weren’t as bad as the scoreline suggested though. They were finding players in space when they got their hands on the ball and were able to pick their way through the Richmond midfield to kick inside 50 on several occasions, without finding a forward in space. Richmond on the other hand played with ambitious flair, taking on tacklers and running hard through the centre. Occasionally the running broke down with an overzealous handball, which caught the rest of the midfield out of position and allowed the pies to counterattack, but the Richmond defence were excellent at stifling any scoring opportunities. Their forwards were looking looking exceptionally dangerous and were making no mistakes with their kicking to targets or goals.