MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 13: head coach Damien Hardwick of the Tigers looks on during the First AFL Elimination Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 13, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

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.

Hardwick did also reflect on his side’s win post-game, and was buoyed by the performance of former Sydney ruckman Toby Nankervis.

“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.”