Dustin Martin and Richmond have made tough work of a regulation 31-point AFL win over bottom side Brisbane.
Martin led the way as the Tigers rallied from a sluggish first half and won 16.16 (112) to 12.9 (81) on Sunday at Etihad Stadium.
The Tigers star will probably come under video review after a running battle with Nick Robertson in the third term, but it should not affect his Brownlow Medal favouritism.
'It was annoying, but a bit of fun,' Martin said of Robertson.
Robertson is set for a suspension after he head-butted Tigers captain Trent Cotchin in an eventful third term.
Martin's disposal was ordinary to halftime, but he starred in the second half and ended up with a game-high 40 disposals and a whopping 14 clearances.
There were hints of Brisbane's huge upset win over Essendon at the same venue a fortnight ago.
A week after their appalling first half against St Kilda, the Tigers only led by eight points at the main break.
Even early in the last term, Brisbane had returned fire on two Richmond goals and were in touch at 23 points down.
But a booming goal from outside 50m from Martin and Daniel Rioli's brilliant snap killed off the young Lions' challenge.
Responding to queries about his form, Richmond onballer Dion Prestia also impressed with a strong game.
Apart from 19 disposals, Prestia also spent plenty of time on Dayne Zorko.
The dangerous Brisbane midfielder only had 11 disposals and that hurt their chances of another boilover.
Midway through the third term, with Richmond leading by 23 points, Robertson blatantly head-butted Cotchin as they scrapped in a forward pocket.
Moments later, Robertson went to Martin and the pair had a running duel for the rest of the quarter.
At one stage it came to jumper punches and Martin, a Brownlow Medal favourite, will come under video review.
But Robertson looked like he was milking the moment and the match review panel will probably clear the Tigers star.
Martin had the last laugh, going deep into attack and kicking a goal on Robertson from a free kick just before three-quarter time.
The niggle continued late into the last quarter, when Richmond key defender David Astbury had some pointed advice for Brisbane's Rhys Mathieson after a scuffle.
While Richmond key forward Jack Riewoldt kicked four goals, his young opponent Harris Andrews was excellent and was best afield early.
Lewis Taylor and Alex Witherden also impressed for Brisbane and Josh Schache kicked two goals in his AFL return.