Bombers skipper is all class as he lights up the MCG.
Essendon captain Jobe Watson has rubber-stamped his class with a sublime display to lead his side to a 29-point win against the Richmond Tigers at the MCG.
The reigning Brownlow Medalist produced a sparking performance to record 28 important touches in his side’s 13.13 (91) to 9.8 (62) victory.
Watson was the spark-plug for the Bombers in the second and third terms as they broke the game open and put on an unassailable lead.
Kicking one himself and setting up two majors for David Zaharakis, the Dons main man helped his side kicked five unanswered goals to break the Tigers’ backs.
With his side leading by 20 points at halftime, Watson then booted the opening goal of the third before creating another goal to Jake Melksham with sheer hard graft.
Watson won a race to a loose ball, and dished off a handball while at full stretch and falling to ground to set up Melksham for a major which snuffed out any realistic hope for the Tigers.
He also was involved in the final goal of the term to Ben Howlett with a wonderful cross-field kick to give his side a 34-point lead.
The victory puts Essendon back inside the all-important top four, however, the win was soured by the loss of Michael Hurley to an ankle injury.