Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has slammed the AFL over their pre-season fixture, as the Tigers are set to have a six-day turnaround before their final JLT Community Series game against Collingwood on Saturday.
Richmond moved to 2-0 in the pre-season with a 28-point win over Port Adelaide in Mount Gambier on Sunday, although Hardwick’s mind was focused on trying to get his side right before the game against the Pies.
“We’ve got a six-day break, for some unknown reason, in a practice match series, which staggers me,” Hardwick said post-game.
“It’s incredibly baffling to be perfectly honest – it just staggers me. We’re playing practice matches and we’ve got six-day breaks.”
While the Richmond coach clearly isn’t impressed with his side’s short break between fixtures, the Tigers aren’t the only side that face a six-day break before their final JLT match, with Adelaide, Fremantle and Carlton all in the same boat.
“Toby gives us a presence down the line, so he has been a really good pick-up,” Hardwick said.
“Our list-management team did a great job getting him across (from Sydney). He is only going to get better as a player when he is just 22-23. He is truly exciting for us.”