Richmond’s sensational comeback victory in opposition to the Western Bulldogs has come at a cost with captain Trent Cotchin anticipated to overlook a number of weeks resulting from a hamstring damage suffered late within the recreation.
Cotchin was one of many driving forces behind the Tigers’ unimaginable resurgence which noticed them outscore the Dogs by eight objectives from halfway by the second quarter.
He will now be a part of fellow premiership stars Dion Prestia (calf), Kane Lambert (calf) and Nick Vlastuin (knee) on the sidelines, however Dustin Martin (concussion) is anticipated to return for the grand closing rematch in opposition to Geelong subsequent week.
“He was incredible tonight, I thought he really led from the front and was part of the resurgence,” coach Damien Hardwick mentioned of Cotchin.
“It’s disappointing. It’s just sad to see great players not playing.”
If something will probably be credited for Richmond’s win, it definitely received’t be Hardwick’s halftime handle.
The Tigers coach admitted that he misplaced his prepare of thought as he was speaking to his troops in arguably an important juncture of his group’s season as they had been staring down the barrel of a 3-4 begin to the 12 months.
“My halftime speech was probably … I lost where I was towards the back end,” Hardwick mentioned.
“I said to the players, ‘I don’t even know what I’m talking about. Just get out and get the job done’. So it was a bit funny. I thought the players just lifted.”
Hardwick used an ice hockey analogy to explain his group’s turnaround within the second half.
“Sometimes there’s a little bit of ‘puck luck’,” he mentioned.
“The ball will bounce their way, the ball will bounce your way. I thought we didn’t have much ‘puck luck’ in the first half but got a little bit better in the second.”
Shai Bolton was once more one in every of Richmond’s finest gamers and Hardwick hoped the star midfielder would re-sign with the Tigers regardless of placing contract talks on maintain.
“Shai’s an important player to us and he knows the fact that our players realise that they can get paid more somewhere else, there’s no doubt about that and they sacrifice to stay, but that’s what Richmond men do,” he mentioned.
Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge lamented the truth that too lots of his gamers had been beneath their finest.
“They just had too many individuals who were more productive than our group, we had too many down to be there at the end,” he mentioned.
“You can’t have too many just out of sorts against a team like Richmond who are playing to get their season right on track.
“If it’s tight and we just get rolled then it’s still difficult to swallow, but you can accept it a little bit more than going down like we did in the end.”
Beveridge refused to make use of the upheaval to his facet, with 9 modifications made prior to now two weeks, as an excuse for their first lack of the season and staunchly defended his backline after showing to be overwhelmed within the second half by the Tigers’ ahead stress and inside-50 dominance.
“We kept them to 77 points and (the Bulldogs defenders) had to defend a lot of threatening balls,” he mentioned.
“They battled manfully … we need to defend well together and part of that is helping those key defenders.
“(Richmond) kept us to 14 inside 50s in the second half. You can’t win a game like that.”