Scott hoping Cats can match Tigers
Geelong coach Chris Scott admits the Cats will have to raise their game to another level if they are to overcome the Richmond Tigers in next week's grand final.
The Cats booked their place at the big dance with an impressive 40-point win over the Brisbane Lions, and Scott now has the chance of adding to the flag he won with the club in 2011.
However, he knows it is easier said than done with the Tigers once again showing they are arguably the best team in the competition as they look to win their third premiership in four years.
Richmond beat the Cats in round 17 and ever since then Scott has viewed them as the team to beat.
"They've clearly been the best team in the comp for a period of time," Scott said. "Round 17 taught us they're going to be hard to beat, they're going to be hard to score against, their system is second nature to them. I think we saw that last night under pressure (against Port Adelaide)."
The two sides will now lock horns in the grand final at the Gabba, a ground that has proven to be a home from home for the Cats, who have now won five games on the bounce at the venue.
Geelong will use that as a positive heading into the game, but Scott says neither side has an advantage following an unprecedented year for everyone.
"There's no advantage to Richmond compared to Geelong, or vice versa. Both teams have had to endure a bit of adversity. It pales into insignificance compared to the adversity that people in the rest of the world have been dealing with, but in a footy context," he added.
"I'm hoping we can rise to their level and make it somewhere near an even battle."
Geelong are priced at 1/1 to win the grand final.
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