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What we learned: Round 4

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Zak Butters of the Power is tackled by Brandon Ellis of the Tigers during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Photos)
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 13: Zak Butters of the Power is tackled by Brandon Ellis of the Tigers during the 2019 AFL round 04 match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 13, 2019 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by AFL Photos)

Rockliff and Boak keep finding the footy:

Tom Rockliff was in supreme touch against Richmond on Saturday afternoon.

The midfield gun accumulated 37 touches (16 contested) at more than 80 per cent efficiency to go with six marks, six clearances and five tackles.

He moved tirelessly between the arcs and provided a link-up target for Port Adelaide as they rebounded 50.

Travis Boak made it four consecutive weeks with 30+ disposals, racking up 33 against the Tigers.

Boak found plenty of the football in Port’s front half of the ground, going inside 50 on six occasions and directly setting up three goals.

 

Houston is becoming a really good defender:

Dan Houston has been a strong contributor in Port’s defensive half across the first four rounds of the season.

Houston took a season-high eight marks against the Tigers on Saturday, including some telling pack marks in the second half.

The 22-year-old was one of the Power’s best in Round 4, disposing at 87 per cent efficiency from his 23 disposals.

 

Richmond’s list runs deep:

Despite missing a number of first-choice players against Port, Damien Hardwick’s men were still able to implement their game-style.

The manic pressure and forward surge mentality have been drilled into the entire squad and they were able to execute it in Adelaide.

While Port was able to dominate the majority of the key statistics on Saturday, it was Richmond’s tackling (54-39) and pressure around the ball that was the ultimate difference.