Carlton has had a scare in the opening match of the 2011 season, coming home late to beat Richmond by 20 points at the MCG on Thursday night.

The Blues controlled the game early in the piece but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard kicking 2.8 in the first quarter to lead by just 2 points at the first change. Ratten’s men then slammed on 7 second quarter goals to open up a 22 point half time lead.

The Tigers hit back in the third term kicking 6 unanswered goals to take a 14 point lead into the last quarter, threatening a boil over. The six goal performance Coleman Medalist Jack Riewoldt wouldn’t be enough to save the Tigers as Carlton rallied in the final term to kick the last four majors of the game.

Carlton – 2.8, 9.10, 9.13, 14.20 (104)
Richmond – 3.0, 7.0, 13.3, 13.6 (84)

Betts 3, Walker 2, Garlett 2, Murphy, Armfield, Carrazzo, Gibbs, Hampson, Judd, Curnow
Richmond: Riewoldt 6, Jackson 2, Morton 2, White, Graham, Vickery

Gibbs, Murphy, Robinson, Curnow, Simpson
Richmond: Riewoldt, Newman, Jackson, Graham, Cotchin



Reports: Nil 
Umpires: B.Rosebury, M.Stevic, M.Nicholls, S.Grun 
Official crowd: 60,654 at the MCG 

Dreamteam – Top 5
Bryce Gibbs – 147
Kade Simpson – 131
Mark Murphy – 127 
Mitch Robinson – 118
Andrew Carrazzo – 110