The Tigers have had a rollercoaster start to the season, currently sitting with one win, one loss and a draw.
"Really challenging- tall and athletic aren't they?" he told reporters on Thursday. "It'll be a really good challenge for our boys."
Hardwick said that the Tigers' style of moving the ball forward has been a key area to address.
"The offensive part of the game is a little bit harder at the moment," the Tigers coach said.
"What we've gotta do is get better with our forward half connection, we think a couple of personnel changes might change a few things up this week. We expect that to get a little bit better this week."
However, when speaking on how they held up defensively the last few weeks, Hardwick was full of praise for his side's efforts against Collingwood.
"We did defend well. We kept a side whose scored over 100 points every game they've played, even practice matches, to 63," he said.
Richmond has also had quite a few key players under injury clouds, with Robbie Tarrant yet to appear at AFL level. Tarrant played managed minutes in the VFL last weekend against Coburg as he eyes a return from a hip injury.
"He played a half on the weekend, he looks a class above that level obviously as he should, he's an incredible player for us," Hardwick said.
"He pulled up a little bit sore initially, but he'll be out there today. He'll take a little bit of time, it's one of those ones we've just got to make sure when he right he's ready to go."
"We expect those boys to come in and be firing for a really important game for us against the Bulldogs," he said.
Toby Nankervis will also play after undertaking limited training due to management, with the Richmond co-captain less certain to play.
Richmond will play the Western Bulldogs at the MCG on Saturday, kicking off at 4:35pm (AEST).