MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 07: The Tigers look dejected after losing the round 12 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 07, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Former Melbourne great Garry Lyon has whacked the Tigers for failing to perform in big games this season.

Following last Friday night’s 67-point loss to the Cats, Richmond slipped to seventh on the ladder but hold the worst percentage of the top 11 teams.

Damien Hardwick’s side has battled through a sere injury toll in 2019, but Lyon is even more concerned with their form against the top teams in the competition.

“They’ve had three big tests against three big teams this year and failed them all dismally,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.

“They lost in a big, big way to Collingwood by 44 points, they lost to the Giants by 49 and they lost to Geelong by 67.

“That’s three big tests that have been failed pretty badly against the three big dogs.”

Richmond meet the Crows on Thursday night at Adelaide Oval, with Don Pyke’s side coming off a spirited win against GWS last week.