Premiership defence in tatters after Pies condemn Richmond to fourth loss in a row

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Richmond’s season is officially in tatters after letting a 28-point lead to lowly Collingwood slip as the Magpies stormed home to secure an incredible 16-point AFL upset at the MCG.

The Tigers appeared to be cruising towards a comfortable victory in the third quarter, which would have ended a concerning three-game losing run.

But Collingwood had other ideas, slamming through seven straight goals, and eight of the last nine, to overturn a 20-point deficit at three-quarter-time and prevail 13.9 (87) to 11.5 (71).

It was just the Magpies’ fifth win of a tumultuous season and their first in caretaker coach Robert Harvey’s third game in charge since taking over from Nathan Buckley.

Richmond threatened, multiple times, to blow the game open during the first three quarters but Collingwood were able to keep the margin at a manageable level.

But just as they did in the final quarter against St Kilda last week, albeit without winning, the Magpies ran completely over the top of their opposition.

Tom Lynch’s third goal gave Richmond a late sniff of reclaiming the lead, before maligned Magpies forward Josh Thomas’ second major sealed the memorable boilover.

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The result leaves Richmond in 12th at 7-9 and in serious danger of missing finals altogether after winning three of the last four premierships.

Dynamic forward Jamie Elliott was electric for the Magpies with three vital goals, while Jordan De Goey produced a game-breaking final quarter.

Magpies midfielders Jack Crisp and Taylor Adams were both outstanding in turning the tide.

Richmond are struggling and seemingly out of answers. Credit: Getty

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