Tigers breathe sigh of relief

Sportal June 16, 2012, 9:57 pm
Jonathon Patton

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Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has paid tribute to competition new boys Greater Western Sydney after they pushed his team all the way at SKODA Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers were forced to work very hard in wintery conditions at the Sydney Showground, and only made sure of the four points when Daniel Connors goaled twice late in the final term to give them an 11.20 (86) to 12.2 (74) victory.

Hardwick said the Giants had served it up to his team, and was relieved to come away with the four points.

"All credit to that footy club next door, they are going to be an outstanding unit," Hardwick said.

"They're very tough, they've recruited very well. The type of players that they've brought into their footy club is a real credit to their organisation.

"We think they're going to be very, very good, very, very quickly, which is a concern for the rest of us.

"I think they have an average of 19, they are very, very tough.

"At the end of the day, you walk away with the four points - we're 6-6 after 12 rounds."

Hardwick was pleased with the performance of reformed utility Connors, who played his first game in over a year on Saturday after tackling the alcohol issues that had derailed his career.

The 23-year-old finished with three goals and Hardwick was thrilled with his impact on the contest.

"I thought he started off a little bit slow, but credit to Daniel, he fought his way through the conditions," Hardwick said.

"It's been a real credit to him that he's fought his way back into the side.

"He had to earn the trust of the playing group and coaching staff again and he's done that."

Giants coach Kevin Sheedy felt the Tigers would have been very thankful for Connor's contribution.

"We would have had Richmond worried there at some stage, probably with about 10 minutes to go," he said.

"After a pretty solid effort at Geelong, (it's) disappointing that we lost really.

"But the players are playing really somewhere near their maximum.

"Last time we played here (at SKODA Stadium) the scoreline was different, we couldn't kick the goals, now we kicked 12 and it was obviously a pretty pleasing point that our goal kicking was better.

"(But) we overused the ball through handball. Sooner or later we'll get it in 50 or 60 times, and we'll have a better chance of winning the game."

And it wouldn't have been a Sheedy press conference without a couple of entertaining one-liners, this time in regards to Tim Mohr's excellent performance on Jack Riewoldt, as the young defender kept Richmond's spearhead to just three goals.

"You put a Tasmanian on a Tasmanian, you don't know what you get do you," he said.

"It's like a raffle, just flick the coin, just like a game of Two-up, but in the end Mohry would want to (do well), that's like it's a northern Tasmanian versus a southern Tasmanian, I can't think of anything better."

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