Richmond star Dustin Martin made a brief comeback as his side faced Brisbane in the Gabba elimination final.
The Lions (15-7, 119.3%) are desperate to improve on coach Chris Fagan’s 1-5 record in the playoffs and have been hit with three forced games: Cam Rayner and Noah Abs due to suspension and Jared Lyon due to injury.
The Tigers (13-8-1, 121.6%) enter Thursday’s matchup on a four-game winning streak as one of the final series dark horses.
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The winner of tonight’s second final will face the loser of next week’s second semi-final from Melbourne-Sydney.
There were no late changes for either side, with Shane Edwards (Richmond) and Kal Ah Chee (Brisbane) named on medical appointments. Edwards, who is retiring at the end of the season, was initially dropped from the side, but was subbed out and won a late break.
This match will be played at 7:20pm AEST from the Gabba.
Watch it live on Fox Footy (Channel 504) from 6.30pm AEST.
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