Cats scratch out tight win over Tigers

GEELONG'S domination of Richmond has continued with a 1.15 (81) to 12.4 (76) at a wet MCG yesterday.

The Cats have now beaten the Tigers 10 times in a row with Richmond now facing a struggle to make the top eight.

Geelong dominated the early stages, opening a 35-point lead at the 20-minute mark of the second quarter with Steve Johnson to the fore.

The Tigers fought back to close within six points early in the final quarter but Chris Scott's men held on to win by five points.

Richmond had its chances late on but never really looked like winning, with the last goal from Sam Lloyd coming on the final siren.

It was the Cats' sixth win from seven matches this season and ensures they keep pace with ladder leaders Hawthorn and Port Adelaide.

Defender Harry Taylor was one of the stars as the Tigers piled on the pressure in the dying stages.

Taylor, Jimmy Bartel (pictured), Steve Johnson and Corey Enright were the Cats' best performers, while Jordan Murdoch and fellow midfielders Mitch Duncan and Taylor Hunt kicked two goals each. Tom Hawkins was well held by David Astbury, with the big forward managing only three behinds in the game.

Ruckman Shaun Hampson was another solid performer for the Tigers, while Reece Conca played his best game for the season and Brett Deledio, back in the side after a month on the sidelines with an achilles injury, gave the Tigers some grunt in midfield.

But Richmond has now won two games from seven and its season is slipping away.