Marshall and Burton are in our best 16, and Ebert and Motlop are probably best 22 players, so not quiet true.We hardly have a player out, no excuses. Even if we lose got to be a 3-4 quarter effort and make it hard for the Tiges.
I like the dual ruckmen, Richmond have kicked 12 goals consistently, we can't kick 6-8 and expect to keep them below that. Ladhams being dropped would have been a disaster after he played so well last week.
I don't even know who Richo has in the ruck to be honest. Obviously not Nankervis. I think my point re injury was more than its obviously not crippling our team, and Richmond has it worse.Marshall and Burton are in our best 16, and Ebert and Motlop are probably best 22 players, so not quiet true.
But they have 6 premiership payers out and coming back in, Rioli has missed the last 2 and Caddy the last 3.
We have to beat them. Definitely can't do like we did last year and dominate the stats, especially the last quarter, but blind kicking inside 50 and let them take intercept mark after mark, when they had lots of key players out in Rd 4 last year ie no Rance, Cotchin, Martin, Riewoldt and Houli. Lycett and Ryder against Nankervis as the lone ruck. We let Lynch dominate and he kicked 6.2 from 9 kicks, because we gave him so much room when they counterattacked and we pushed too far forward.
Thats not totally correct specially if its a Richmond/Port GFYou'll know if we can win the flag after this game.
Port shouldn't be hot favourites against anyone (maybe the Crows atm). Our good football is spasmodic, we virtually never play 4 good quarters in a game. Our wins this year have been generally scrappy and unconvincing, resulting from 1 good quarter and below par opposition. These kinds of wins have led to overrating of us in previous seasons as well. There have been signs of greater resilience than we had previously, but I'm far from convinced.Personally i cant possible see how Port are not red hot favorites for this game
Prestia , Edwards , Houli , Cotchin , Astbury , Nankervis would all be playing in 99% of Richmond supporters starting 22 every week and these players are not easily replaced with Juniors against top table team like Port thats on fire like you guys are this year.
Specially after a shorter break and travelling interstate to play on your turf - Just too much of an ask
I have this game as a loss and would have preferred Richmond to rest more players (another 4-5) and just reset for the rest of the year
Only possible way i see us winning is if it rains heavily for most of the game and our little runners step up and the ball is on the floor more than in the air, But i wouldnt be too sad if we lost at least if we meet in the GF (if we both make it) We will have some parts of our puzzle that would be different to what port has faced.
Good luck guys and hope its a good game with Tigers winning by a point
Well played Rocky, well played!I'm just imagining Rockys tuck shop arms trying to tackle a Dusty dont argue and it doesnt end well.
Having said that Rocky has been excellent defensively the last few weeks and he seems to get the job done despite his limitations so who knows.
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