Melbourne win by 48 points
Both sides were in trouble at 1-2 for the season, and with a tough run of games to come Melbourne had to win to stay in the early running for a spot in the top four. Thanks to a dominant goalkicking performance by Fred Fanning they got the job done, extending a four goal lead to nine at three quarter time before easing off and breaking even with the Tigers in the final term.
In a game marred by poor disposal, Melbourne played with a better system. The four goal margin at quarter time was intact at the half, before seven goals to two in the third all but confirmed victory.
McGrath, Lock and McLean were best in Melbourne's biggest win against the Tigers in 20 years.
Richmond 18.14 d. Melbourne 9.22
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