Cotchin wins praise from Hardwick

Sportal August 12, 2012, 7:37 pm
Trent Cotchin

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has compared Trent Cotchin to the likes of Chris Judd and Wayne Carey after the young midfielder played a starring role in the Tigers' big win over the Western Bulldogs on Sunday.

Cotchin had 35 touches, seven marks, seven clearances, four tackles and booted three goals to lead the Tigers to a massive 70-point win over the Dogs.

The 22-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season so far and his performances have not gone unnoticed with the Tiger currently leading the Coaches' Association player of the year award.

But it was his absolute dominance of Sunday's match that Hardwick said he hadn't seen by a youngster since Carey announced himself as a champion during the 1990s.

"He's had an outstanding year, there's no doubt about that," Hardwick said.

"There's no other player that's quite like him his ability to get inside then outside is second to none.

"He's probably very similar to Chris Judd in that way where he can get out of traffic and other players will just crumble in the tackle.

"We're very lucky to have him at this footy club. He's certainly going to be a better player considering he's only 22 years of age.

"There are very few players that can do that, young Wayne Carey those types of players."

Richmond set the tone early with the first six goals of the match and looked in complete control until the Dogs mounted a fightback during the third term.

They booted five goals in 10 minutes to get back to within a kick before the Tigers kicked away again.

But despite the big victory, Hardwick was left frustrated by that poor period that allowed the Dogs to get back into the game.

"It's always positive to win by that amount but we're really disappointed with our centre bounces," he said.

"I think they kicked five goals four in that third quarter from centre bounces so that's something we're going to have to work on.

"If they had a more experienced forward line we would have struggled in that area of the game so we've just got to make sure we rectify that and get a little bit better as a result.

"I'm probably at the stage now where I don't think sides should do that to us. We've got to be better than that.

"We went through a brief period in the first two to three games of the year when those five to 10-minute spurts resulted in five goals and the same thing happened today. That's something that we can't afford to happen on a regular basis and we have to improve in that area."

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