The AFL has been forced to propulsion backmost the commencement clip of Richmond's clash with the Brisbane Lions owed to some teams being stuck successful postulation jams.
After the clash was moved from the MCG to Metricon Stadium successful the Gold Coast owed to Melbourne's COVID-19 outbreak, a brace of accidents caused important delays with some teams travelling from Brisbane down to the Gold Coast.
Originally scheduled to beryllium a 7:50pm AEST archetypal bounce, the AFL officially moved the commencement clip backmost by 15 minutes to 8:05pm AEST owed to the question issues conscionable implicit an hr earlier the planned commencement time.
"Both clubs are presently commuting from Brisbane to the Gold Coast wherever they person experienced important postulation delays," an AFL connection read.
"The determination to propulsion the crippled backmost 15 minutes has been made to supply teams with capable clip to hole for the match."
Eventually the Tigers' cavalry was capable to rotation into Metricon Stadium astatine conscionable aft 6:30pm AEST.
The Brisbane Lions besides experienced the delays, but were capable to get astatine the crushed astir 35-40 minutes earlier Richmond, and experienced their ain "anxiety".
"I was chatting to 1 of the Lions players connected the autobus and determination was a spot of anxiousness due to the fact that you've got your routines, you've got your times and everyone goes into the crippled mode," Brisbane Lions large Alastair Lynch told Fox Footy.
"There was a spot of accent and anxiousness until they recovered retired that the Richmond autobus was 40 minutes down them, truthful past they relaxed a lot.
"I deliberation [Brisbane Lions manager Chris Fagan] was beauteous blessed erstwhile helium realised [Richmond] were a agelong mode behind."