How to watch Richmond Tigers vs Hawthorn Hawks AFL live and match preview

Posted: 21 August 2021 9:26 am
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Richmond need everything to go their way to claim an unlikely finals place, while Hawthorn hope to see off their legendary coach in style.

SUMMARY: Tigers vs Hawks is exclusive to Fox Footy, there is no free-to-air coverage. Unless you're already a Foxtel customer, your best option is to watch live on Kayo Sports. You can watch for free using this 14-day trial.

Richmond, the winners of 3 of the past 4 flags and the last 2 in succession, are likely to bow out of the premiership race this Saturday unless a minor miracle falls their way. Heading into the AFL's final home and away round, the Tigers are a game and percentage outside the final 8. They need teams around them to lose, and lose badly, while scoring a big, big win against the Hawks to make it.

The Hawks enter their last game of the season in their best form for the year and will be aiming for their fourth straight win. More importantly, Hawthorn will want to farewell legendary coach Alastair Clarkson in winning style in his 390th and final game at the helm.

When is Richmond vs Hawthorn?

The opening bounce is at 1:35pm AEST at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday 21 August.

How to watch Richmond vs Hawthorn live

Channel 7 and Foxtel share the rights to AFL matches in Australia and the broadcasts vary from state to state. As mentioned above this game is not on free-to-air TV. Anywhere in the country you need access to either Foxtel iQ, Foxtel Now or Kayo Sports.

We have a full guide to watching the AFL season here. Kayo Sports is our pick of the bunch, it allows you to get Fox Sports without committing to Foxtel.

Stream Kayo Sports for 14 days FREE and no lock-in contract

Take Kayo Sports' Basic or Premium plan for a spin and stream over 50 sports live completely free for 14 days.

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

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Stream Tigers vs Hawks on Kayo Sports

You can watch Richmond vs Hawthorn for free using Kayo's 14-day free trial for new users. After the trial period, a Basic subscription is $25 a month to watch on 2 screens or $35 a month for a third screen. You can check it all out in our Kayo Sports review.

Kayo also has a wide range of special features to add to your viewing experience. SplitView lets you watch up to 4 sports at once on the same screen. Other features include Interactive Stats, No Spoilers, Key Moments and more.

In total Kayo broadcasts more than 50 sports. After the Tigers take on the Hawks, you can watch Wests Tigers vs Cronulla in the NRL, more AFL, golf, tennis and much more.

Live stream AFL on Kayo: Start your 14-day FREE trial now

Richmond vs Hawthorn prediction


Richmond are unlikely to play finals, no matter the result of this game. The Tigers need West Coast, Essendon and Fremantle to all lose as well as make up a gap of around 24 goals in percentage for their season not to end.

Even in this crazy world, that's unlikely. Highly so.

That leaves the real story out of this game the departure of 4-time premiership coach Clarkson from the Hawks.

In a somewhat empty farewell – this game will be played in a largely empty MCG – Clarkson says goodbye having presided over 228 wins, 158 losses and 3 draws, for a winning percentage of 58.6. He has coached the eighth-most games in VFL/AFL history and won the eighth-most times.

Clarkson will coach again, one suspects, but not before a final win in his last game for the Hawks.

You can see a comparison of Kayo vs Foxtel here. We have also broken down the full 2021 AFL draw.

Image sources: Kayo Sports and Hawthorn website

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