Although not as lopsided as last years result the Blues have smashed the Tigers by 56 points in the season opener at the MCG on Thursday night.

AFL Rd 1 - Richmond v Carlton

It was Carlton’s first home and away games minus spearhead Brendan Fevola, but they still managed to kick a winning score with Eddie Betts, Setanta o’hAilpin and Chris Yarran kicking 3 goals each.

The Tigers failed to get their hands on the ball as the Blues racked up 137 more disposals in the match, dominated by Andrew Carrazzo who picked up 41 touches.

After jumping out to a 28 point lead early in the match Richmond reigned them back into trail by 19 at the main break, but the Blues dominated in the second half kicking 4 unanswered goals in the final quarter.

Richmond –  4.2, 7.6, 9.8, 9.10 (64)
Carlton – 7.1, 11.1, 14.7, 18.12 (120)

Riewoldt 2, Morton 2, Deledio, Thomson, Hislop, Nason, Cousins
Carlton: O’hAilpin 3, Betts 3, Yarran 3, Murphy 2, Waite 2, Gibbs 2, McLean, Henderson, Simpson

Deledio, Cotchin, Connors, Jackson, Riewoldt, Martin
Carlton: Carrazzo, Betts, Gibbs, Murphy, Kreuzer, Simpson, Yarran, Bower, Scotland

Jackson (concussion)
Carlton: Nil

Umpires: Rosebury, H. Ryan, S. Ryan

Official crowd: 72,010 at the MCG

Dreamteam – Top 5
Andrew Carrazzo – 131
Heath Scotland – 124
Kade Simpson – 119
Paul Bower – 118
Eddie Betts – 110