Arguably being the two best teams in the competition, the Tigers and Eagles fought and battled it out all game in tough conditions, and showed their worth to all watching why both are considered the favourites to make it to the grand final.
But it’s not the game that’s grabbing the attention of Cornes, it’s the fact that in the last six weeks, West Coast have travelled just shy of 15,000 kilometres and have spent 21 hours on aeroplanes, where Richmond haven’t even left the state of Victoria, and that could have contributed to the Eagles’ sluggish play after quarter time.
It’s considered an unfair playing field according to Cornes.
“Richmond’s 2019 fixture is the biggest gift to any club this season” Cornes said.
“The last seven games of the season at the MCG.
“No wonder they have made a late-season charge.
“15,000km and 21 hours spent on a plane for West Coast, 0km and 0 hours of travel for Richmond.
“That was the difference between the two teams on Sunday.”
Cornes’ issue with the fixture setup dates back to the Tigers’ 2017 premiership season, where after finishing fourth on the ladder and playing against Geelong who finished first, the game was played at the MCG where it should have ultimately been played at GMHBA Stadium in Geelong.
“Would the Tigers have won the flag if not for this advantage? Who knows.” Cornes said.
Richmond currently sits fourth on the AFL ladder and need a win against Brisbane on Sunday afternoon to seal a top-four spot.