Stopping the Tigers 2020

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Gavin Excell

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Richmond proved last year it’s best football is the best in the competition.

Very balanced team with star power and an efficient and effective system.

Like any premier, I’d imagine opposition coaches will be carefully analysing their game to plot out how to defeat it.

Is there a type of game that can take it up to the Tigers in 2020?
 

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Xtreme

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Jul 21, 2006
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Hawthorn
Richmond proved last year it’s best football is the best in the competition.

Very balanced team with star power and an efficient and effective system.

Like any premier, I’d imagine opposition coaches will be carefully analysing their game to plot out how to defeat it.

Is there a type of game that can take it up to the Tigers in 2020?
Yes the other 17 clubs need to take out a few Richmond players every week. Wear the suspensions and hope Richmond drop a few games in the process!
 

Partridge

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Nov 12, 2002
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Richmond proved last year it’s best football is the best in the competition.

Very balanced team with star power and an efficient and effective system.

Like any premier, I’d imagine opposition coaches will be carefully analysing their game to plot out how to defeat it.

Is there a type of game that can take it up to the Tigers in 2020?
Easy. Beat their four good players.

Hang on, Rance has retired. Three good players.

Footy's a simple game sometimes.
 

blitzer

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 27, 2006
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No matter what they say its always bloody hard to maintain the hunger the year after a premiership. Other clubs are simply going to be more desperate than they are.

A lot of their best players are not exactly spring chickens either.

As always though it depends on whether other teams can step up.
 

A Bit Dusty

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Oct 6, 2017
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No matter what they say its always bloody hard to maintain the hunger the year after a premiership. Other clubs are simply going to be more desperate than they are.

A lot of their best players are not exactly spring chickens either.

As always though it depends on whether other teams can step up.
Why wouldn't the Tigers be desperate? They are hungry for more success and I think it's more a case of other teams bringing the same intensity to the games. The Tigers wear teams down with their pressure footy and can do it for 4 quarters. There are plenty of teams that bring it for a half and then tire this is when the Tigers pounce. It is a simple game plan but very effective if all 22 players are on board and play as a team.
 

Yojimbo

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Nov 14, 2012
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The Sweet Potato is not ready yet.
AFL Club
Western Bulldogs
Richmond (2019) The Anthology:

358 Disposals, 218/140, Disposals Per Goal 25.57, Win.
303 Disposals, 184/119, Disposals Per Goal 30.30, Loss. (Coll)
366 Disposals, 228/138, Disposals Per Goal 36.60, Loss. (GWS)
331 Disposals, 201/130, Disposals Per Goal 22.07, Win.
388 Disposals, 202/186, Disposals Per Goal 29.85, Win.
391 Disposals, 217/174, Disposals Per Goal 32.58, Win.
328 Disposals, 175/153, Disposals Per Goal 46.86, Loss. (Dogs)
402 Disposals, 238/164, Disposals Per Goal 23.65, Win.
414 Disposals, 255/159, Disposals Per Goal 29.57, Win.
381 Disposals, 243/138, Disposals Per Goal 38.10, Win.
326 Disposals, 190/136, Disposals Per Goal 36.22, Loss. (North)
321 Disposals, 193/128, Disposals Per Goal 64.20, Loss. (Geel)
358 Disposals, 201/157, Disposals Per Goal 39.78, Loss. (Adel)
377 Disposals, 200/177, Disposals Per Goal 23.56, Win.
415 Disposals, 224/191, Disposals Per Goal 18.04, Win.
405 Disposals, 227/178, Disposals Per Goal 31.15, Win.
422 Disposals, 202/220, Disposals Per Goal 28.13, Win.
380 Disposals, 225/155, Disposals Per Goal 29.23, Win.
376 Disposals, 218/158, Disposals Per Goal 34.18, Win.
355 Disposals, 223/132, Disposals Per Goal 27.31, Win.
356 Disposals, 191/165, Disposals Per Goal 29.67, Win.

315 Disposals, 186/125, Disposals Per Goal 17.50, Win.
311 Disposals, 196/115, Disposals Per Goal 25.92, Win.
362 Disposals, 223/139, Disposals Per Goal 21.29, Win.

So what does all that mean ? Well I can see a clear picture that's even clearer if I posted another key piece of
information that I left out on purpose. You beat Richmond by holding a mirror up to them like any other team,
but their personnel is what makes them difficult to hold a mirror up to lots of sub 182 cm transition types.
 

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Gavin Excell

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That Richmond game late in season v West Coast was interesting.

Eagles started like a shot out of a gun with long kicks to their key forwards and had a thumping lead early in what looked like echoes of the prelim v the Pies.
Yet after quarter time, tigers tightened the screws and slowly strangled the Eagles.

Game perhaps though gave a glimpse of how they can be beaten.

Of course it's one thing to design a plan to win, another to actually have the skills to execute
 

bzparkes

Brownlow Medallist
May 2, 2006
11,701
8,177
Brisbane
AFL Club
West Coast
Other Teams
East Fremantle
That Richmond game late in season v West Coast was interesting.

Eagles started like a shot out of a gun with long kicks to their key forwards and had a thumping lead early in what looked like echoes of the prelim v the Pies.
Yet after quarter time, tigers tightened the screws and slowly strangled the Eagles.

Game perhaps though gave a glimpse of how they can be beaten.

Of course it's one thing to design a plan to win, another to actually have the skills to execute
Probably would’ve won by 10 goals if we weren’t down a player from the first quarter and a flood of biblical proportions didn’t occur after quarter time.

Still, Richmond did amazingly well in those conditions to come back from 7 goals down and handled the conditions much better.
 

ShaunWCEFC

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Probably would’ve won by 10 goals if we weren’t down a player from the first quarter and a flood of biblical proportions didn’t occur after quarter time.

Still, Richmond did amazingly well in those conditions to come back from 7 goals down and handled the conditions much better.
Eagles never led by 7 goals in that game.
 

blitzer

Norm Smith Medallist
Aug 27, 2006
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Why wouldn't the Tigers be desperate? They are hungry for more success and I think it's more a case of other teams bringing the same intensity to the games. The Tigers wear teams down with their pressure footy and can do it for 4 quarters. There are plenty of teams that bring it for a half and then tire this is when the Tigers pounce. It is a simple game plan but very effective if all 22 players are on board and play as a team.
History shows pretty clearly that its very hard to back up after a premiership even when you are clearly the best team. Tigers already experienced this in 2018 when they were untouchable at the MCG until it came down to crunch time in the prelim and they just didn't have the same hunger as their opponents.

I think Tigers come into the season as equal favourites with the Eagles (certainly list wise they are top 2) but I don't expect them to walk away with the flag when all is said and done. I'm also thinking that the Tigers have been playing a similar brand for quite a few years and whilst its been very successful I reckon some coaches will have good ideas about how to combat it more effectively.
 

Predator35

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Nov 17, 2012
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Probably would’ve won by 10 goals if we weren’t down a player from the first quarter and a flood of biblical proportions didn’t occur after quarter time.

Still, Richmond did amazingly well in those conditions to come back from 7 goals down and handled the conditions much better.
Didn’t rain until halftime when the Tigers were only down by 9 points
 

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