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Stats That Matter: Round 2

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Rory Sloane of the Crows marks between Toby Nankervis and Dylan Grimes of the Tigers during the 2017 AFL round 06 match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 30, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Media)
Rory Sloane put together a dominant performance the last time Adelaide met Richmond at Adelaide Oval

Adelaide and Richmond have met 36 times, with the Crows ahead 23 wins to 13.

The Crows have claimed victory in two of the three meetings between the teams at Adelaide Oval, including the most recent clash in Round Six last season.

On that occasion, 51,069 fans packed the venue, at the time the largest crowd for a meeting between the two sides.

Adelaide and Richmond have only met once previously in Round Two of the season, with Richmond claiming a 28-point victory at the MCG in 1997.

Adelaide’s largest-ever victory came against Richmond in Round 16, 1993. On that night, Tony Modra kicked 13 goals and a young Mark Bickley recorded 36 disposals in a 139-point win.

Inaugural Crows captain Chris McDermott holds the record for most disposals in a match between Adelaide and Richmond, collecting 44 in Round 20, 1992

In the Round Six meeting last year, Matt Crouch accumulated 38 touches and eight clearances. Fellow midfielder Rory Sloane had a night to remember with 33 possessions, eight tackles and three goals - an equal career high.

Tigers captain Trent Cotchin will play his 200th AFL game on Thursday night. Cotchin has taken the field against Adelaide 12 times, recording four wins and a disposal average of 23.

After making their AFL debuts in Round One; Tom Doedee, Darcy Fogarty and Lachlan Murphy are in line to run out onto Adelaide Oval for the first time at AFL level. Seven Crows have made their debuts at Adelaide Oval since the move from Football Park in 2014.

The clash will also mark new recruit Bryce Gibbs’ first game as a Crow at Adelaide Oval. He has played at the venue twice in Carlton colours but is yet to experience a win.

Crows skipper Taylor Walker could return after missing last week’s loss to Essendon. Walker also sat out the opening round of 2017, returning with 21 disposals (12 contested) to go with eight marks and two goals against Hawthorn at the MCG in Round Two.    

Adelaide and Richmond each played two Thursday night games in 2017. The Crows recorded a win and a loss, while the Tigers won back-to-back Thursday night outings to start their season.

Richmond had the most scoring shots across the League in Round One (36).

Richmond’s leading metres gained player in Round One was Kamdyn McIntosh (658m) while Paul Seedsman led the way for Adelaide (648m).

The Tigers targeted Jack Riewoldt eight times when heading inside 50m in the opening round, the most of their forwards. Adelaide looked for Josh Jenkins on 10 occasions and Eddie Betts eight.

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs