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GWS thrash Tigers in AFL bloodbath

AAP logoAAP 30/07/2016 By Roje Adaimy

Greater Western Sydney are the Lamborghini of the AFL's fleet.

That's how Richmond coach Damien Hardwick described the burgeoning club after his side's 88-point belting in Canberra.

Until Saturday, the Giants had never beaten the Tigers in their short history.

And they did it in spectacular fashion in front of a record crowd at Manuka Oval to keep hold of second place on the ladder on percentage and all but secure a maiden finals berth.

They booted the opening nine goals of the game and limited their Melbourne rivals to just one behind in both the first and fourth quarters in the 17.9 (111) to 3.5 (23) victory.

Their 51-1 lead at the end of the first term marked their biggest - eclipsing their record 45-point haul in round six against Hawthorn in Sydney.

For Richmond, though, it was their lowest score since 1961 and equal sixth-worst in club history.

"We're really rapt and pleased with our boys in their third week on the road," Giants coach Leon Cameron said.

"I didn't see the first quarter coming like that but, when it comes around, you take it.

"I thought our boys then played really good defensive footy from quarter-time onwards."

It's the first time GWS have completed a sweep in the nation's capital, their second home behind Sydney's Spotless Stadium, having toppled Port Adelaide and Geelong earlier this season.

Steve Johnson, Toby Greene and Sam Reid led the way with three goals apiece, while Jeremy Cameron and Tom Scully had two each in perfect conditions.

There is some concern about Rory Lobb, however, after injuring his ankle in the third term.

"I don't think there's big concerns at the moment but he's obviously a really important part of our structure and we'll be taking no risks," Cameron said.

"We'll find out tomorrow, assess where it's at and, hopefully, he's a chance to play next week."

Jack Riewoldt and Sam Lloyd were Richmond's only goal-kickers, with Riewoldt booting two - including the team's first, not until seven minutes into the second quarter.

Hardwick admitted his men couldn't keep up with GWS, whom he labelled incredible.

"They're a Lamborghini, aren't they?" he said.

"You look at the strength of their talent across the board and it's superior.

"We've got some worries; they've got no concerns at this stage. They're a very good football side.

"It's great for GWS and Sydney, but is it great for the competition when, geez, they're just bloody good?"

The Tigers host Collingwood on Friday, while GWS travel to the Gold Coast to play the Suns a day later.

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