We take a look at some of the key match-ups in Saturday’s AFL Grand Final between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers. The biggest of the matchups is Walker vs Rance which looks a big influencer on the outcome of the match. View our AFL Grand Final key match-ups.
FOUR KEY GRAND FINAL MATCH-UPS
Taylor Walker (Adelaide) v Alex Rance (Richmond)
This heavyweight stoush between Walker, the captain of the minor premiers, and Rance, the All-Australian captain, will go a long way to deciding the match. Walker hasn’t gone goalless all season and also leads the league in goal assists. Watching Tex duel with Rance, the most influential defender in the league, might just be worth the exorbitant price of admission alone.
Sam Jacobs (Adelaide) v Toby Nankervis (Richmond)
Nankervis has performed one of the most selfless roles of 2017, soldiering the bulk of Richmond’s ruck work to allow coach Damien Hardwick tremendous flexibility elsewhere on the field. The ex-Sydney tall is one of the recruits of the year, and faces his biggest challenge on Saturday. Jacobs is the league’s hitouts king – more than 100 ahead of anyone else.
Eddie Betts (Adelaide) v Dylan Grimes (Richmond)
When Betts is up and about, so are Adelaide. The creative genius has the ability to change games like few others and must be closely minded from anywhere in the 50-metre arc. The 30-year-old’s emotion on the final siren last week shows his desire to finally play in a grand final. But in Grimes, he has a worthy adversary. The vastly improved 26-year-old has enjoyed a breakout season by blanketing talls and smalls alike.
Daniel Talia (Adelaide) v Jack Riewoldt (Richmond)
Riewoldt’s 52 goals is the biggest haul by any Tiger forward by some margin – Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin has 35, with small forward Dan Butler next best with 29. So if two-time All Australian Talia can produce a lock-down job on the mercurial talent, Richmond might find it hard to kick a winning score against the best attack in the league.