Richmond win by 34 points
Melbourne had beaten Footscray in round 1 of the Escort Cup, and their reward was a clash with the reigning premier.
The match sprung to life when Brent Crosswell flattened Dale Weightman after the rover had kicked a goal. The big hit sparked a melee in which Crosswell was reported for striking Bruce Tempany. He was later suspended for two weeks for the strike on Tempany.
After the brawl Richmond kicked three goals in fifteen minutes to take a 22 point lead into the last change. However the rage was only maintained as far as the break and the Demons hit back in the last through youngers Andrew Moir and Kelly O'Donnell.
With ten minutes to go they were within eight points, but that was the motivation needed for the Tigers to draw away.