THE monkey on Richmond's back just got a little bigger.
The Tigers suffered their third-straight elimination defeat yesterday, this time at the hands of North Melbourne in front of a packed MCG.
The result meant Richmond still hasn't won a final since 2001.
In an enthralling encounter, the Kangaroos came away with a 15.15 (105) to 14.4 (88) win to advance to a semi-final at Sydney's ANZ Stadium next Saturday night.
Before their hearts would be left broken again, Tigers fans would have been confident their side could break the drought, after it extended its two-point lead at quarter time to 21 points early in the second term, Ty Vickery kicking one of the side's three unanswered goals after doing his best Cyril Rioli impersonation.
After withstanding a Kangaroos fightback when they kicked three unanswered goals of their own, Richmond steadied again to hold a 57-44 ascendency at the half. But, resting half its side last week clearly paid off for Roos coach Brad Scott, his side clearly the better side in the second half, booting five goals to three in the third term and four to two in the last.
His performance in his game No.407 was one of Brent Harvey's most important, leading all-comers for disposals (31) and kicking two goals, one in the last to put his side back in front.
"This is what it's about, September football, MCG, beautiful day," he told Fox Footy, before adding the Roos give themselves every chance to knock off the Swans
Recruits Jarrad Waite (4 goals, eight marks) and Shaun Higgins (15 disposals) also paid their way with excellent contributions. North's only blemish was the reporting of Lindsay Thomas after he appeared to kick Dylan Grimes in the chest not long after coming on as a sub.
Richmond, which joins West Coast as the only teams to have lost three elimination finals in a row, was best served by Anthony Miles (22 touches), while skipper Trent Cotchin was held to just nine touches.
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