Dockers still have work to do to be considered an AFL contender.
The Richmond Tigers produced their best overall performance of the AFL season to date, in downing the Fremantle Dockers by 41 points at Patersons Stadium.
While the Tigers have shown flashes of brilliance, most notably in the opening three weeks of the season, their form had gone missing.
But after trailing by a goal to the home side at quarter-time, they piled on nine goals-in-a-row to stun the Dockers 16.7 (103) to 8.14 (62).
The win signals the Tigers’ ability to beat the better sides in the competition, having recently lost to Essendon by 29 points and Geelong by 44.
Richmond haven’t featured in the finals since reaching the 2001 preliminary final.
But at 6-4 heading into their bye, the Tigers are well placed to break that drought, and perhaps inflict some major damage in September.
In contrast, ninth-placed West Coast (5-5) now face a fight to make the top-eight, let alone achieve their initial goal of a top-four berth.