Richmond star Nick Vlastuin was picked up on the umpire mic delivering some choice words to an Essendon opponent on Saturday night.
(WARNING: Offensive language)
Richmond defender Nick Vlastuin gave viewers more than they may’ve bargained for during Saturday night’s win over Essendon, dropping an expletive as remonstrated with Bombers players.
Early in the second term as the Tigers looked to extend its lead, Essendon forward Nik Cox took a mark in the forward 50 before being shoved onto the ground in the midst of an attempted spoil by Vlastuin.
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As Essendon players came in to remonstrate with Vlastuin, he could be heard on the mic of umpire Dean Margetts yelling after Brayden Ham: “I was going for the ball you dumb c***”.
It was a comment picked up on by many a viewer, but quickly faded into the rearview mirror as a gripping contest unfolded between both sides in front of a sold out Optus Stadium crowd.
Richmond continued its recent dominance over Essendon on Saturday, winning the Dreamtime in Perth game by 39 points.
They blew the Bombers away in the last 13 minutes of the game, kicking seven unanswered goals to produce the 19.9 (123) to 12.12 (84) victory.
It was a devastating reply after the Bombers challenged them midway through the final term hitting the front, by three points, for the first time in the game.
The win stretches Richmond’s streak of wins over Essendon to 11 — dating back to Round 11 of 2014.
The rare chance for the WA crowd to see two big Victorian clubs clash in the Sir Doug Nicholls Round wasn’t missed either, with 55,656 fans attending.
It was the biggest footy crowd in Perth this season.
Many West Australians supported VFL clubs before 1987 and not all jumped ship when West Coast joined the competition.
The crowd was very pro-Bombers, hopeful they could stretch their winning streak to four consecutive games and move into the top eight for the first time this season.
— with NCA NewsWire
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