Hardwick fires Tigers warning

15 October 2020 20:21:11 GMTPlus11

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says his Tigers players will step over the line sometimes as they continue to play an aggressive brand of football.

Tigers forward Tom Lynch copped his fifth charge of the season for pressing his knee into the neck of St Kilda's Dougal Howard last week, while skipper Trent Cotchin was also in the spotlight for a high tackle.

Richmond have come in for a fair bit of criticism since the Saints game but Hardwick has once again insisted his players will continue to play on the edge.

The Tigers play Port Adelaide on Friday, and with a place in the grand final at stake, Hardwick wants his players to keep the aggression going.

"The very best sides will play the hardest brand of footy and we're going to overstep the mark sometimes," Hardwick said.

"Do I want us to be giving away stupid free kicks or 50m penalties? No, I don't.

"The players understand that, they accept that responsibility, we've got to get better in that part of the game.

"The game's going to be pretty volatile, going to a hostile environment against a very, very good opponent. We want to play on the edge."

Meanwhile, Hardwick has also wished the Power defence good luck as they attempt to keep a lid on influential forward Lynch throughout the contest.

"What he (Lynch) brings to the side is the ability to get the ball to ground (at contests)," Hardwick added. "There was a massive contest (against St Kilda) there where young (Ben) Paton ended up getting his head split. That's what Tom brings; he brings aggression.

"If someone wants to take his space, good luck."

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

Richmond are 77/100 to go on and win the grand final.

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