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Key Tigers eye return amid their AFL drift

Damien Hardwick expects the Tigers’ cavalry to return subsequent week however has warned his back-to-back AFL premiers that they should up their sport after they fell to 5-5 and on the cusp of dropping out of the highest eight.

The Tigers led for a bulk of the primary half earlier than Brisbane kicked the final 4 objectives of the third time period, ultimately profitable 15.12 (102) to 11.8 (74) on the Gabba on Friday.

Captain Trent Cotchin (hamstring), younger gun Shai Bolton (wrist), veteran Shane Edwards (ankle), midfielder Dion Prestia (calf) and ahead Kane Lambert (calf) had been all lacking.

Hardwick is assured Cotchin and Prestia will play towards Adelaide subsequent Sunday, with Bolton “extremely possible” and Edwards an opportunity if he trains strongly on Saturday.

However as they hunt a third-straight premiership, the coach warned his troops to not assume they’d be there on the pointy finish once more.

“We won’t simply depend on it to occur; it is occurred a few occasions earlier than however the truth of the matter is that every 12 months’s totally different,” he stated.

“We have to play higher, get our troops on the park and begin a run that hopefully begins subsequent week.

“It will take a while to play our greatest footy so we have to get began, completely.”

In distinction Brisbane coach Chris Fagan was doing his finest to maintain a lid on the sixth consecutive win, which was achieved with out key trio Lachie Neale, Jarrod Berry and Cameron Rayner in addition to defenders Ryan Lester and Darcy Gardiner.

Fagan did, nevertheless, label it “for a six-week patch, perhaps one of the best we’ve performed by way of assault v defence, and our contested ball numbers”.

Brisbane slowly suffocated Richmond’s makeshift midfield whereas a 20-6 free kick rely towards his aspect at halftime – it ended 28-16 – left Hardwick chuckling post-game.

“I liked it,” he stated sarcastically.

“It was difficult; the sport’s very laborious to umpire.

“It was powerful, I am not going to lie … the opposite golf equipment will get a good indication of what they’re paying now for the rest of the weekend.”

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