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Hawthorn beat Richmond by 70 points

Hawthorn struggled for two and a half quarters before cruising clear to beat Richmond by 70 points at the MCG on Sunday afternoon.
Despite woeful goalkicking and the almost-expected struggle to win clearances and contested possessions, the Hawks did what they do best - win, by 18.18 (114) to 5.14 (44) to secure an eighth straight victory.
The Tigers were just as bad in front of goal - Damien Hardwick's men failed to break 40 forward entries for the game, and when they did go inside 50 they invariably wasted their opportunities.
It was a tough battle in the first quarter, and Richmond briefly hit the front after Trent Cotchin goaled at the 23-minute mark, but that was the only time they led all day.
The Hawks recovered to make it all square at quarter-time, and they should have kicked clear early in the second term with four straight behinds.
Hawthorn eventually moved ahead to take a 10-point lead at the main break, but the upset seemed possible for Richmond.
Paul Puopolo opened the goalscoring at the four-minute mark of the third term, but then both sides missed a string of chances before late goals to Cyril Rioli and Jack Gunston put the Hawks up by 28 points at the final change.
Suddenly the game seemed out of reach for Richmond, and the Hawks confirmed that assessment with a six-goal-to-one final quarter.
Sam Mitchell celebrated his 300th AFL game with a win and 38 disposals.
Cyril Rioli was quiet for parts of the game but kicked three important goals - Gunston and James Sicily also kicked three for the Hawks.
For Richmond, Jack Riewoldt was the only multiple goalkicker with two majors.
The Hawks (14-3) are now back to two games clear of the rest of the league with five games left before the finals.
Richmond (7-10) remain in 13th spot on the ladder.


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