Melbourne win by 26 points
Despite their finals spot being all but sewn up, Melbourne had lost to top of the table Collingwood a week earlier and went across Yarra Park looking to get on a good run of form going into September with a win over their nearest neighbours.
They had been disappointing the previous Saturday, but reaffirmed themselves as premiership contenders with the highest score they'd kicked at the Richmond ground to that point. It was a second milestone for the year after kicking their highest score ever against the Tigers in their first meeting for the season.
Melbourne's improved form compared to the Collingwood match was helped by the introduction of Tymms and Collins from the Seconds amongst the replacements for the injured Mollison, Thomas and Coy. Tymms was one of the best on ground playing in defence and Collins also a valuable contributor.
It was not a high standard game, with scrambling and congested play featuring elbowing, tripping and a player knocked out with an uppercut. High marking saved the game for neutral spectators, but the two sides kicked wildly and hopefully throughout the game and failed to demonstrate good football.
Melbourne kicked four goals to three in the first quarter, racking up four in a row before Richmond registered any sort of score but once they did the Tigers dominated the remainder of the quarter.
Neither side scored in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter, until Moyes broke the deadlock. The Tigers soon hit back, but Wittman answered. The two clubs would kick three goals each in the third quarter.
Despite being within range Richmond ended the game with three players disabled but after kicking the first goal of the term they didn't have enough gas in the tank to mount a comeback.
Tymms, Collins and Wittman were best. The victory left Melbourne in third, a game behind Geelong but with a superior percentage. They remained in front of the challengers for third and fourth by a game and a large percentage break.
Richmond 14.21.106 d. Melbourne 8.14.62
Goals - Davie 7, Unknown 1