Tigers headed for home final

RICHMOND is heading for hosting duties in its first finals appearance in 12 years after demolishing GWS 25.13 (163) to 6.6 (42) at Skoda Stadium yesterday.

If the Tigers, skippered by Trent Cotchin (pictured), beat Essendon at the MCG on Saturday night, they will achieve this dream and give their long-suffering fans even more to smile about.

An 11-goal-to-one-point second term put the Tigers on the path to their huge win that elevated them back above Collingwood and the Bombers, and into fifth place.

The Tigers had match-winners all over the ground, namely Reece Conca, Dustin Martin and Shaun Grigg, while Aaron Edwards (five goals) was among 12 Richmond goalkickers.

An 80-point half-time lead was the club's highest since building a 107-point advantage over North Melbourne in round two, 1931.

Meanwhile for Giants coach Kevin Sheedy, it was a nightmare penultimate AFL match in charge for the long-serving mentor.

GWS kicked the game's first goal through debutant Kristian Jaksch, but Richmond kicked four of the next five, until Liam Sumner's late effort made it a 10-point game at quarter-time.

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