Hardwick turns attention to Power

10 October 2020 17:52:13 GMTPlus11

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick admits the Tigers will have to be at their very best if they are to beat Port Adelaide in next week's preliminary final.

The Tigers are in their fourth prelim under the leadership of Hardwick after they overcame St Kilda on Friday night and next up is a clash with the Power at the Adelaide Oval on Friday night.

Port have been the best team in the competition this season and beat the Tigers by 21 points back in round 11.

They will also be boosted by home advantage and Hardwick is well aware of the challenge that lies ahead of his side as they go in search of a third flag in four years.

"They've been the best side all year, they're playing on their home deck, it's a hostile environment but we can't wait to get over there and challenge them. The scoreboard flattered us a little bit over there [last time]," he said.

"It was a good game of footy but the reality is they dominated a lot of KPI (key performance indicators) areas so we've got a fair bit of work to do to catch them and make sure we play a hell of a lot better than we did."

Meanwhile, Hardwick defended Tom Lynch following an incident involving St Kilda's Dougal Howard in the third quarter.

Lynch has been charged with misconduct by the Match Review panel and can accept a $750 sanction with an early plea.

"Great teams always play on the edge and the fact of the matter is it's a big boys' game," he said post-game.

"Our guys understand the rules, they'll push the envelope there's no doubt about that, but our boys play the game pretty tough."

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

Richmond are 77/100 to win the grand final.

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