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AFL 2017 Round 06 - Adelaide v Richmond

Matt Crouch had a career-high 38 possessions against Richmond on Sunday

1. Sloane takes the points in one-on-one duel with Dusty
The match-up of two of the competition's premier midfielders didn't disappoint. Sloane was at his brilliant best, winning plenty of ball in tight while also taking crucial contested marks and impacting the scoreboard. Martin was also damaging in general play and pushed up the ground as the team's deepest forward, rotating with Trent Cotchin. Both stars were allowed to run free and let the football world to take in the mouth-watering clash. Sloane got the upper hand to continue his outstanding start to the season.

Match report: Crows v Tigers

2. Crows take upper hand with second-quarter surge
The Crows turned the game on its head with a stunning second quarter to put the Tigers on the back foot. The Crows had 12 scoring shots to one, 22 inside 50s to seven and had 19 more contested possessions to overturn a nine-point deficit into quarter-time into a 27-point advantage at the main break. It's a trend the Crows have had during their hot start to the season. In their six games this year, the Crows have booted 28.31 while conceding 13.4 in the second quarter. The Crows carried that momentum into the third term, booting seven goals to one to put the result beyond doubt.

3. Tex flexes his muscles to put Tigers to the sword
The Tigers took a gamble in putting All-Australian defender Alex Rance on Andy Otten rather than have him shutdown Crows skipper Taylor Walker. Walker took control of the game with a couple of crucial goals from outside 50 in the third quarter to put the result beyond doubt. Walker finished with five for the game to take his season tally to 18. But it wasn't just about Walker – the Crows had 12 individual goalkickers in a superb team effort.


4. Betts and Riewoldt go head-to-head for race to 500
Crows superstar Eddie Betts and Tigers spearhead Jack Riewoldt will have to wait until next week to join the 500-goal club. They entered the game with 498 and 497 goals respectively. Bachar Houli did a great job in containing Betts in the first half to restrict him to one goal, while Riewoldt had two to have them level, just one shy of the milestone. Tenacious small defender Steven Morris – in his first game back after a torn ACL in his right knee last year – also spent time on Betts. Riewoldt was barely sighted after half-time after two goals in the first half.

5. Where to now for Richmond?
Heading into this clash, the Tigers were the surprise packets with five straight wins. But with wins over Carlton, Collingwood, West Coast, Brisbane Lions and Melbourne the jury was always out on the Tigers. In their first test against a contender they were completely outclassed. We will know a lot more about where they sit in the pecking order in the coming weeks when they face the Western Bulldogs, Fremantle and Greater Western Sydney. It's certainly not panic stations for the Tigers, but they will be desperate for a better performance against the premier sides of the competition in the next month.