Richmond star Monique Conti put on another dazzling display to help her side climb into the AFLW top four with a 43-point hammering from GWS.
Conti shone in the wet and windy conditions, scoring three goals on 23 eliminations as the best away as the Tigers secured a 9.4 (58) 2.3 (15) victory at Mildura.
The margin gave Richmond a huge percentage boost that propelled them past Collingwood in fourth place with one round to go.
It was the Tigers’ seventh straight win, extending their club-record streak after winning six in their previous three seasons in the competition.
Conti was a class above, calm in traffic and busy around contests, and made eight even tackles.
“She got a lot of attention today, but she’s gotten through it and works for her teammates,” Tigers coach Ryan Ferguson said.
“She plays a really strong, tough, tough brand of footy and she has the running in her legs to make it hard for people to stop her.”
The 22-year-old midfielder has benefited from the help of capable teammates, with Grace Egan (19 assignments, one goal), Jess Hosking (18, one) and Ellie McKenzie (15 assignments, eight tackles) all influential.
Gabrielle Seymour (16 transfers) was busy and Stella Reid scored two goals, while defender Bec Miller made a successful comeback after five weeks out with a hamstring injury.
Richmond took advantage of a strong breeze to build a 26-point quartertime lead on the back of a 13-0 differential in the forward entries.
GWS reduced the margin by just eight points in the second term and the Tigers made them pay in the third, with two goals from Conti putting the result beyond doubt.
Neither team managed to score in the wind until the last term, when Brennan kicked behind before scoring a goal for home star Courtney Wakefield.
Richmond finished with a 32-20 advantage inside 50 and won the tackle count 72-62.
“Our tackle pressure until the final siren was a weapon for us,” Ferguson said.
“Playing every moment is important to who we are and the brand of football we are trying to create.”
Alyce Parker (18 eliminations, one goal) led the Giants, while captain Alicia Eva (13) fought on despite needing treatment for a right foot injury early in the game.