Richmond have opted for Sydney’s freedom as an alternative of a discount in journey because the defending premiers put together to sort out West Coast at Optus Stadium subsequent Sunday.
The Tigers made it 11 wins on the trot towards Essendon with a preventing 39-point Dreamtime victory in Perth on Saturday evening.
Richmond had been initially scheduled to have a bye in spherical 13, however the AFL have switched issues round in order that the Tigers can tackle the Eagles in Perth on Sunday.
Nevertheless, any ideas of the Tigers with the ability to bask within the Perth sunshine for the week had been quashed when the WA Authorities deemed the membership must quarantine in the event that they determined to remain, because the membership had not spent 14 days outdoors of COVID-hit Melbourne.
To keep away from that, Richmond boarded a red-eye flight to Sydney simply hours after the win over Essendon, and they’ll fly again to Perth on Saturday.
“It simply labored out higher from a quarantining standpoint that we return to Sydney,” Richmond coach Damien Hardwick mentioned.
“Our gamers fairly benefit from the facet of going away and spending a while collectively. That’s to not say we don’t miss residence and we don’t miss folks we’ve left at residence.
Richmond have opted for Sydney’s freedom as an alternative of a discount in journey because the defending premiers put together to sort out West Coast at Optus Stadium subsequent Sunday. Credit score: Getty
“However the actuality is our guys journey very nicely, we expect it’s a power of our program, and little question that retains us in good stead shifting ahead for the rest of the 12 months.”
The Tigers are sweating on the provision of Dion Prestia, who was subbed off within the second half with a hamstring niggle.
“He’s had some hamstring tightness, so we’re not too positive how critical it’s,” Hardwick mentioned.
“He’ll clearly be uncertain for subsequent week at this stage. He’s had some historical past with that, so we simply took him off.”
Richmond have made a beeline to Sydney after beating Essendon in Perth. Credit score: AAP
Essendon had been dealt two damage blows, with midfielder Andrew McGrath damaging his left knee within the opening minutes, and veteran David Zaharakis injuring his hamstring within the third quarter.
Bombers coach Ben Rutten says he’s undecided in regards to the severity of the accidents.
The Bombers piled on 4 straight objectives to hit the lead early within the ultimate quarter, however Richmond unleashed a seven-goal blitz from that time on to safe victory.
The win over Essendon improved Richmond’s document to 7-5, however Hardwick says his group can get a “hell of loads higher”.
“Our aspect is constructing. They’re beginning to come collectively from a connection standpoint,” he mentioned.
“They haven’t performed nearly all of the season collectively, so it takes a little bit of time to gel.
“I believe Kane Lambert is accessible to play subsequent week. We’re undecided what occurs with Dion. And Toby Nankervis (knee) is progressing loads higher than we expect.”