Damien Hardwick's delight at Richmond's third AFL win on the spin has been tempered by a fresh injury to Jack Riewoldt that is set to sideline the star forward.
The Tigers improved to a 4-2 record with a 12.13 (85) to 6.6 (42) win over Melbourne in front of 72,774 fans at the MCG on Wednesday night.
But Riewoldt suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury in his right knee and sat out the final term of the Anzac Day eve clash.
It was his first game back from a broken wrist and knee injury suffered in round two, and the 30-year-old will undergo scans to determine how long his next stint on the sidelines will be.
"We're not exactly sure of the extent of it but he'll miss some time unfortunately," Hardwick said.
"It's disappointing because he's worked incredibly hard to get back.
"We're hoping for the best but he'll obviously miss some footy.
"... He's been through this before, he understands it, he'll deal with it and he'll be disappointed for a while.
"But he'll be trying to make those around him better - that's what a good leader does, and that's what he'll do."
Riewoldt booted two goals in the third quarter and was also involved in an awkward 'chicken-wing' tackle on Bayley Fritsch that will come under scrutiny.
With Dustin Martin struggling to shake the attention of minder Michael Hibberd, Kane Lambert (29 possessions), Bachar Houli (32), Dion Prestia (30) and Nick Vlastuin (28) were the prime movers.
Jason Castagna booted two late goals to take his tally to a game-high three.
Riewoldt's injury follows news of a setback for skipper Trent Cotchin in his comeback from a hamstring injury and the season-ending knee injury to Alex Rance.
Despite their personnel issues, the Tigers improved to a 4-2 record with the determined win over the disappointing Demons.
"We're certainly pleased with the way that we're playing ... it is very much a Richmond style of game we're delivering at the moment," Hardwick said.
"Crisis does create opportunity and some players have stood up, which we're really pleased with."
Key defender David Astbury suffered a badly rolled ankle and will need every bit of the Tigers' nine-day break before their round-seven clash with the Western Bulldogs at Marvel Stadium to recover.
Australian Associated Press