Grimes defends rough Tigers

11 October 2020 19:24:15 GMTPlus11

Richmond defender Dylan Grimes has defended Richmond's physical brand of football and says they will bring it to the party against Port Adelaide next week.

The Tigers physical approach was in the spotlight following Friday night's victory over St Kilda that set up a preliminary final against Port.

Star forward Tom Lynch has copped a $750 fine after the Match Review panel charged him with misconduct after he dropped his knee into the neck of St Kilda star Dougal Howard.

On top of that, Tigers captain Trent Cotchin landed a high tackle on Zak Jones during the victory.

Despite all the criticism, Grimes says it is just a "storm in a tea cup" and while the players need to stick to the rules, they cannot lose their physical edge.

"I don't really think there was much to make of it, other than we were just playing the Richmond brand. I don't think other teams would look into that at all, to be honest," Grimes said.

"In other teams, other games this week there were probably other things that happened, so I'm not sure why there's been so much made of this, but we love the brand of footy that both Trent and 'Lynchy' play.

"We're going to try to bring that week in, week out, that physical style of Richmond football.

"Having said that, we like our players playing to the rules and not giving away any free kicks or (50m) penalties, where we can, so that's a focus of ours, but I just think it's a bit of a storm in a teacup, in some ways."

The Tigers are 11/10 to beat Port, who are priced at 77/100.

Richmond are 77/100 to win the grand final.

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