MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 24: Tigers head coach Damien Hardwick walks off at three quarter time during the round 18 AFL match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 24, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Hardwick slams Tigers

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has ripped into his side after the Tigers’ huge loss to the Hawks on the weekend.

The Hawks defeated the Tigers by 70 points at the MCG on Sunday, with Richmond managing just 5.14 for the match.

Hardwick labelled his side’s display as “nothing short of shameful.”

“Our fans pay good money to come watch us play. And for us to finish off that last six minutes. I was incredibly disappointed in us as a side,” Hardwick said.

“The fact of the matter of is, you can lose the game, but to let the game go as we did in the last six minutes, I thought our defensive efforts were nothing short of shameful really.

“Overall it was a disappointing performance. We won’t take a lot out of today’s game.

“I expect our leaders to stand up…[they] didn’t quite play as well as we’d like…we need most of those guys playing above the line, but [they] probably failed to do that today for a long enough period.”

Hardwick even failed to praise the performance of Dustin Martin, despite the midfielder collecting 39 disposals.

“I didn’t think he was that good today,” Hardwick said.

“I thought he handballed too much early. Don’t get me wrong, his ability to win the ball is outstanding. I think sometimes he can probably take a bit of territory instead of trying to distribute the ball.”

Hawthorn moved two games clear on top of the ladder with the win, while Richmond is now languishing in 13th spot with just seven wins.

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17 COMMENTS

  1. Way to go dimma, criticism of the players for not following your non existing game plan and forward structure.. Criticize the one player who’s stood up, he’s the true leader of the club instead of the bloke who didn’t want to wear the number that made this team great…. Sorry to say this time to go!

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