Hardwick reveals Tigers turning point

17 October 2020 15:04:39 GMTPlus11

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says moving to Queensland proved to be the turning point as the Tigers booked their place in another grand final.

The Tigers came out on top in a gruelling and thrilling preliminary final as they defeated minor premiers Port Adelaide by six points at the Gabba.

A third grand final in four years looked way off following a slow start to the season that saw them win just one of their first four games.

But switching from Melbourne to Queensland united the group according to Hardwick and they have kicked on from there.

The fact Richmond have a 12-3 record since leaving their home state, backs up Hardwick's beliefs.

"We really struggled when we were under the protocols in Melbourne because we were disconnected," Hardwick said.

"We came up here and all of a sudden we get our players together and we understand who we are again and what we do. It's worked really well for us.

"Don't get me wrong, it's been incredibly tough. But the fact of the matter is our guys have gelled really well up here and they've enjoyed it."

Grand final week will also be very different from what they are used to with the showpiece being outside of Melbourne for the first time in its history.

But Hardwick says they will embrace it and are just happy to be there.

"I think overall, to get a season underway and to play under the circumstances we have, it's an incredible achievement and we'll enjoy every moment we've got," he added.

"These sorts of moments don't come around very often, so we'll lap it up as best we can."

The Tigers are priced at 77/100 to go all the way and win the grand final.

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