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Adaptability key to Richmond dynasty – The Age

Richmond’s unique achievement is to have continued winning premierships when changes to the game mean it shouldn’t have.

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Secondly, they built a miserly defence by playing numbers behind the ball. In 2018, for instance, Richmond played seven or eight defenders at the centre bounce more than 80 per cent of the time. They would often lose clearances, but win the ball off half-back and attack from there. They played 6-6-6 only 3.4 per cent of the time the lowest in the competition. By contrast, Collingwood played a 6-6-6 formation at nearly 65 per cent of their centre bounces.
Then, before 2019, the AFL made 6-6-6 compulsory….

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