Houli is Tigers' only doubt

18 May 2020 18:27:37 GMTPlus10

Reigning premiership coach Damien Hardwick had just one player unavailable when Richmond went back into training.

The Tigers could have defender Bachar Houli in doubt for their next game, due to a calf strain.

But Hardwick is confident the 32-year-old, who last year was part of the club's second Grand Final win in the space of three seasons, won't be out long-term.

He was the only Richmond player on a limited rehab program at the start of the week, having pulled up sore after his most recent training session.

Houli sat out the opening round against Carlton, when they won by 24 points.

Hardwick says the Tigers regard this as an opportunity to claim a milestone honour in the game.

"I know a lot of people have jumped up in arms a little bit in regards to an unfair playing field and it's going to be a little bit different, but this will be one of the greatest premierships ever won in AFL," he said.

"The circumstances we are in presents an enormous opportunity for our footy club and our players are very much looking forward to it," he added.

"We're very well placed. We do a lot of work not just in our physical preparation but our mental preparation as well, so we're very confident the way we will prepare will lead us into a very good round two and onwards result."

Richmond have finished in the top three in each of the last three seasons, topping the ladder in 2018.

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