CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - JULY 30: Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is pictured at three quarter time during the round 19 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Richmond Tigers at Star Track Oval on July 30, 2016 in Canberra, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Kevin Bartlett blasts ‘insipid’ Richmond

Richmond legend Kevin Bartlett has given his former club an almighty pasting after their horrendous loss to the Giants on the weekend, labelling the Tigers performance as “pathetic”.

The Tigers managed just three goals on Saturday afternoon, as they were humiliated to the tune of 88 points against Greater Western Sydney in Canberra.

Speaking on SEN Radio, Bartlett said that everyone at the club should be put on notice.

“Fans are smart enough to know sides are not all equal with skill, talent, size and experience and clubs are at different stages of development but what fans won’t accept is a lack of genuine effort by not having a go, appearing disinterested, refusing to chase or run hard and devoid of confidence,” Bartlett said.

“Fans can see when sides are just going through the motions, Richmond on the weekend ticked all those boxes with an insipid display against the Giants … such a pathetic performance has now put everyone at the club on notice.

“For it was an effort that could kill off the coach, it could kill off the board, kill off recruiting managers, kill off assistant coaches and kill off members.

“If the Tigers play like that again against Collingwood on Friday night then Punt Road could blow up.

“Four games to go to see some effort, and for the club not to be embarrassed again.”

The Herald Sun revealed on Saturday that Richmond will undergo a thorough review of the football club, including recruiting methods and budgets and all coaching staff.

The Tigers are currently 13th on the ladder, with seven wins from 18 games, despite three consecutive finals appearances from 2012-15.


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