Richards not scared of Buddy

Sportal September 27, 2012, 11:46 am
Ted Richards

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Sydney veteran Ted Richards admits his season flashed before his eyes when he was injured against Collingwood but says he's a certain starter for Saturday's AFL decider against Hawthorn.

Richards rolled his ankle in the first quarter of the Swans' convincing 26-point win over the 'Pies and spent 20 minutes in the dressing room before completing the match.

"There was a bit of concern there, yeah," Richard told a large media contingent at the SCG on Thursday.

"I went straight down to the rooms and got some treatment and was able to fully play out the game so it's all good.

"It was little sore after the game but a couple of days later it's back fine, I'm training fully today.

"Icing was involved and I had a pretty easy day on Tuesday but apart from that it hasn't been that much of a concern."

Richards is expected to receive the daunting assignment of containing Hawks superstar Buddy Franklin.

The 29-year-old understands the challenge that lies ahead but insists marking Franklin holds no fears.

"It's not something that I haven't done before," he said.

"I've played on him a fair bit this year and last year but in saying that I'm fully aware what he's capable of.

"He's a gun player so if that job does go to me it's something that I'll be ready for.

"Playing out here he kicked quite a few goals on me (in Round 22) and I was really able to see that he doesn't need much room to expose you.

"Like I do every week I'm trying to just limit those opportunities that he had to get those shots on goal."

Richards, who played in the one-point loss to West Coast in the 2006 grand final, says it will take a collective effort to shut down Franklin and the rest of Hawthorn's stars.

"I think it comes back to the attitude of everyone playing, not just the six defenders," he said.

"We've got forwards and midfielders that are outstanding in helping us defend the ball.

Rain and possible hail are forecast to lash Melbourne on Saturday afternoon but Richards says the inclement weather won't suit either side.

"They've made it through to the grand final so they play well in all conditions," he said.

"I'm not going to be so naive to think that a bit of rain or a bit of wind is going to help me.

"We're playing against good players here and we're going out for a fierce contest whatever the conditions are and I'd imagine they'll have the same attitude."

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