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Sydney Swans embarrass Richmond Tigers by 113 points to cement AFL minor premiership

Sydney has clinched the AFL minor premiership in breathtaking fashion, with a crushing 113-point victory over Richmond at the SCG.



Lance Franklin kicked seven goals, Ben McGlynn a career-equal-best five and Gary Rohan four as the Swans surged to a 25.14 (164) to 7.9 (51) win on Saturday night.
It was Sydney's sixth-straight victory and its fourth by 67 points or more in that period, though fading North Melbourne was its only top-eight opponent.
At one stage, Sydney piled on 70 successive points and it led by as many as 136 in the final quarter before the Tigers kicked four of the last five goals in a belated show of defiance.
The contest, though it barely merited that word, was a stark contrast with their first meeting this season, when Richmond won by one point with a goal after the siren.
Richmond did not kick its first goal until the second quarter and trailed by 31, 81 and 123 at the breaks.
The Swans' fast ball movement and unrelenting pressure proved far too much for a Richmond side lacking desire.
It was Sydney's biggest score and winning margin in three years.
Josh Kennedy spearheaded a dominant midfield, youngster Isaac Heeney looked sharp and a miserly defensive unit kept the clamps on the Tigers' forwards.
Richmond's 14th loss of the season left it 13th, its lowest placing since it finished 15th in coach Damien Hardwick's first year in charge in 2010.

AFL LADDER

PWDL%PTS
1Sydney221705151.2068
2Geelong221705143.8068
3Hawthorn221705118.6068
4GWS Giants221606143.1064
5Adelaide221606138.3064
6West Coast221606130.0064
7Bulldogs221507115.4060
8Nth Melbourne2212010105.2048
9St Kilda221201095.7048
10Port Adelaide2210012106.0040
11Melbourne221001297.6040
12Collingwood22901395.6036
13Richmond22801479.5032
14Carlton22701579.3028
15Gold Coast22601678.2024
16Fremantle22401874.3016
17Brisbane22301961.6012
18Essendon22301961.0012
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