The Crows only had to wait until round two of the 2018 AFL season to get one back against premiers Richmond via a six-goal victory at Adelaide Oval.

Adelaide's maligned forward Josh Jenkins kicked five goals, as he made some belated amends for his poor grand final showing in the Crows' 18.10 (118) to 12.10 (82) triumph.

Jenkins was among a batch of Crows under scrutiny for poor performance in Adelaide's loss to the Tigers in last year's premiership decider.

But the tall forward booted four first-half goals as the Crows turned the tables on Richmond, who was overly reliant on the brilliance of Dustin Martin (25 touches, five goals).

Adelaide captain Taylor Walker potted four goals, while emerging attacking sidekick Darcy Fogarty and rookie Lachlan Murphy kicked two each.

Crows onballers Hugh Greenwood (26 possessions), Rory Sloane (25 touches) and Bryce Gibbs (28 disposals) were influential, and Rory Laird (42 disposals) was a stand-out in defence.

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Martin was clearly Richmond's best, roaming far and wide before sparking a late challenge, Josh Caddy (three goals) was dangerous in attack and utility Shane Edwards (19 possessions, one goal) was busy.

Key forward Jenkins helped the Crows craft a two-goal half-time lead with his personal scoring spree.

Adelaide, before a 49,743-strong home crowd, threatened to break away in the second quarter – when Jenkins slotted his third goal, the Crows were 20 points up.

But two late goals to Richmond hero Martin, the second a trademark 55-metre bomb on the run, pulled the visitors within reach.

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Richmond snuck within six points when Caddy booted his third early in the third quarter but that was as close as the Tigers got to the home side.

Adelaide responded with three unanswered goals and held a 22-point lead at three quarter-time, though key defender Daniel Talia was hampered by strapping to his right knee.

The Tigers – and Martin – issued one last rally when the Brownlow medallist kicked two goals in six minutes of the final quarter.

Martin dragged the Tigers within nine points before a slip-up in defence changed the tide.

Richmond backman David Astbury butchered a kick, which dribbled to Crow captain Walker who turned and goaled from 50 metres.

Walker's teammate Sloane then threaded a boundary-line set shot before Jenkins iced the win with his fifth goal.

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