Can Richmond go back to back?

Discussion in 'AFL - The Australian Football League' started by Macpotata, Feb 28, 2018.

Put it out there
  1. Macpotata

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    It's a huge ask. Not many teams replicate a triumph the previous year. But now that the Tigers have broken through they have enormous self belief and an almighty elephant off their back. They have a good spine and aBrownlow medallist who won everything in sight last year. Houli, Riewoldt, Cotchin and Rance play in important positions and lead accordingly. All are elite players of the game and are led by a coach who is as mentally tough and resilient as they come. They know what it takes to triumph in September and push through adversity.


    Can the boys from Punt Road defend their title? Or will they flop and have a hang over like the hawks in 2009 missing the finals?


    Will Richmond go b2b?
     

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  2. Jedi Tiger

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    Yes they can. Maybe they will.
     
  3. SHAKESPEARE

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    Silly question. Of course they can.
     
  4. prodigy1311

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    More likely than unlikely..!
     
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  5. LukeParkerno1

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    Odds are against them but without a genuine gun team in the wings they are a chance. As good a chance as GWS, Sydney, Geelong, Adelaide at least. Whoever is playing the best in September will win. Injuries will play a part too.
     
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  6. rogiebear93

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    How many times has this thread happened? I've been avoiding the main board.

    In short, they can if their list stays healthy. Especially considering they've gotten potential upgrades to all their weakest players.
     
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    how many threads does potato want?
     
  8. Jeremias

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    He's creating a whole groupie of them, isn't he?
     
  9. Pykie

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    For the good of this website, lets hope not., it's already become a cesspool.
     
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    Way more of a chance than the dogs did.
     
  11. tiger tyme

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    I think its a very good chance game stacks up and the players no what there role is no one isnt sure what is expected of them i see them a very good chance... will def be a feature in setemper they will not miss the 8
     

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  12. JB1975

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    I'd be surprised if they're not up about again this year. Every season brings new challenges, but they have a good balance of A-graders and developing players who can go up a notch.

    Edit: Another way to look things is to ask the question differently. Are there other sides which are more likely than Richmond to win the premiership this year? Probably not.
     
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  13. Bazza97

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    Yeah I think so. I expect them to be top 4 again and they play a style of footy that stands up in finals. I reckon they will be a really good team again this year (top 2 wouldn't surprise me), I don't think they will drop down the ladder.
     
  14. HBF

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    They sure can, but not sure they will.
     
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    They will fail just like the Bulldogs, making Hawthorn's run of 4 consecutive grand finals (with 3 wins in a row) look even more of a herculean effort than before :D.
     
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    Yes, but there is a reason that winning two Premierships in a row has only been done by Hawthorn and Brisbane since 2000. It is not easy.
     
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    I doubt they will miss the finals since they've got a settled defence, last two teams to have missed the 8 after a flag both lost important key defenders to injury and trades. Also they have an experienced core group of players, that being said it will be a big ask to go back to back and I'd have them around 4th at this stage barring injuries of course.
     
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  18. BJK#5

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    Nah it's not possible, they are already out of finals contention. Will be lucky to finish 18th from here.
     
  19. Milanista28

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    The only team in 2018 that can IMO.
     
  20. zucchini

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    Pretty sure they will be back where they belong for a decade or 2 now.
     
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    a lengthy injury to one of martin, cotchin or rance - and no way.
     
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  22. Capitano_Cotch

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    Same can be said for just about any club in the competition if one of their irreplaceable players goes down.
    Stupid statement.
    We've got a quality side but it will be extremely difficult to go back to back.
    Sydney is my tip this year.
     
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  23. OhhhhhCyril

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    Absolutely they can, you need a lot of luck and a clean run of injuries, but there is no reason why they cannot. Will be around the mark again this year, finish top4 home final. Tough to beat at the G
     
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    We have a 1 in 18 chance. That's all I know.
     
  25. Dr Tigris

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    As always, same as already said. If the players stay fit and play with passion and discipline - yep they can win again.

    As can about 5 other sides. Good even year by the look of it. No dominant side - as yet anyway.
     
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