Round 6 of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition may have not been the most exciting, but under the league’s attempts to establish parity between the 18 sides, the final weeks of the home-and-away season in the latter stages of the season are certain to provide plenty worth watching.
Carlton and Brisbane are still winless, but there are five teams that have won four of their first six and six that have won half of their fixtures. It is not until you get to the 14th rung, currently occupied by the Essendon Bombers, where you encounter teams with losing records on the season, and that is just the bottom five.
The early going has shown that Richmond intends to battle to retain the flag, but the Round 6 game with the Collingwood Magpies was no walkover and the Pies would seem to be legitmate holders of finals aspirations.
This was a tough week for both sides, as they had short rest between Rounds five and six. Collingwood played after a spell of just four days and the Tigers had five days rest following the Anzac round.
Collingwood showed fortitude in hanging with the Tigers for much of the game. Richmond did not put the match away until the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter and in the final stanza, the Tigers kicked eight goals to the Pies three to pull away and win by a rather convincing 43 points.
The Magpies were not expected to do as well as they have to this point and it would not be entirely surprising if they were to work their way up to the top eight over the next several rounds. Their next big test is a Round 8 contest with the Geelong Cats. They play another member of the feline persuasion in Round 7, but the Brisbane Lions would hardly seem to pose a serious threat.