Patrick Cripps (pictured against Gold Coast) starred against Richmond. Picture: Daniel Cohen/File

Patrick Cripps (pictured against Gold Coast) starred against Richmond. Picture: Daniel Cohen/File

Round 1 started with an absolute thriller as Carlton survived a late scare from Richmond to win by five points at the MCG.

However, the game was overshadowed by a swarm of injuries for Richmond’s Dion Prestia and Josh Gibcus, while Tylar Young was also ruled out with concussion.

The Blues’ hero from last week Harry McKay opened the scoring with a beautiful drop punt, and Matthew Kennedy doubled their goal tally from the square moments later.

The Tigers were beginning to have flashbacks to last week when the Suns put the flame on them early with 11 straight goals.

However, familiar faces began to make an impact.

Tom Lynch received the first of two contentious free kicks and marked his return with a major.

The Tigers peppered the goals, with Dustin Martin, Noah Balta and Jayden Short converting, and they led by 11 points at the first change.

Carlton started the second term in style, with Charlie Curnow kicking his first, but it would be a quarter of missed opportunities.


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Kennedy, Blake Acres and Tom de Koning would all miss chances as the Blues controlled the game.

However, the Tigers maintained the lead on the scoreboard with the last kick of the quarter, Maurice Rioli coming up clutch to hold a one-point advantage.

McKay put an end to his side’s kicking yips with a mammoth roost from outside 50 to give the Blues a five-point lead.

There were six lead changes in the third quarter, as both sides went goal for goal for majority of the term.

Martin’s second followed and Tim Taranto then got his own major as the Tigers snapped the streak.

Richmond led by eight points going into the final change, but lack of rotations on the pine were going to take their toll.

Matt Owies snatched the lead for the Blues, while de Koning went bang from 50 to give them a buffer.

Adam Cerra snatched a clutch goal to all but seal it, but the Tigers didn’t die wondering.

Seth Campbell dribbled one home to make it a nailbiting finish.

Liam Baker missed a set shot opportunity from outside 50 with the lead at four points, and the Tigers pushed again.

With seconds remaining, the ball slipped out of Shai Bolton’s hands, and the Blues were able to hold on for a famous win.

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