ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 30: Daniel Talia of the Crows grabs Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers during the round six AFL match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on April 30, 2017 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz/Getty Images)

Richmond's Jack Riewoldt had a first hand look at the Crows on Sunday and he thinks they are destined for big things not just this year but beyond.

The Tigers, who were 5-0 after the opening five rounds of the season, were handed a lesson by the Crows, who dealt Riewoldt's side a 76-point hammering.

The two-time Coleman Medalist said he was simply in awe of the free flowing, high-scoring Crows.

He also said the team reminds him of the great sides of recent years, namely the Geelong side who won three premierships in five years from 2007-11 and the Hawthorn team that won three consecutive flags from 2013-15.

“You look at the successful sides over the last decade, they’ve been together for a while most of the Crows guys.” Riewoldt said on Tuesday night on AFL360.

“They’ve had a few young guys come in, but they are as well-rounded an outfit as certainly I’ve played against for a while.

“They are coached really well (and) they get their spacing right.

“In terms of their structures they are really compliant to what they need to do.

“They are a super, super side and they deserve to be the premiership favourites.”

The 28-year-old said that while he was disappointed with the performance and the heavy loss, it was a great opportunity for the side to learn from the game and improve as the season progresses.

“It was a really good learning curve for some of our younger kids to understand what it’s like to travel and play in front of 50,000 screaming Crows fans," Riewoldt said. “(They) learned a bit about themselves.”

It doesn't get any easier for Richmond, who play the reigning premiers at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

The Crows, who now sit 6-0, face North Melbourne in Hobart on Saturday afternoon.

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