The strain ramps up on St Kilda coach Alan Richardson, after Richmond broke clear within the final time period for a 33-point AFL win.
Tigers ruck-forward Mabior Chol starred in his third senior sport as Richmond broke their three-game dropping streak and returned to the highest eight with the 16.7 (103) to 10.10 (70) win on Sunday at Marvel Stadium.
The Saints have made it clear the crew wants to assert a giant scalp or two for Richardson to retain his job past this season.
They lacked nothing for effort – and it was a big enchancment on final week’s shocker towards Brisbane – however they may not keep a promising first half.
After beginning the sport with 7.zero, St Kilda butchered their possibilities within the final time period and sprayed a wasteful 2.7 because the Tigers piled on seven objectives.
Chol sealed the win within the final quarter when he capitalised on St Kilda’s mix-up at a boundary throw in, grabbing the ball and kicking a straightforward purpose.
The Sudanese-born large man took 9 marks and kicked three objectives.
Sydney Stack additionally kicked 4 objectives and Dustin Martin racked up 36 disposals.
Richmond, who got here out of the mid-season bye with seven modifications, seemed scratchy early.
Josh Bruce kicked the primary purpose of the sport after a minute because the Saints made a shiny begin.
They kicked the opening three objectives of the match – the primary time St Kilda have managed that this season – and Richmond had been on the again foot.
Stack and Chol made early statements, kicking the Tigers’ first two objectives to maintain it tight at quarter-time.
After Stack additionally kicked the opening purpose of the second time period, St Kilda went on a four-goal run and so they broke out to a 23-point lead.
However once more Chol and Stack kicked objectives and the Tigers had been solely 4 factors down on the most important break because the 2017 premiers began discovering their groove.
Richmond kicked one other 4 objectives within the third time period and the dam wall was creaking.
Cult determine Matt Parker’s purpose late within the third time period stalled the Richmond surge, however the seven-point Tigers lead at three-quarter time felt like much more.