Hawthorn great Shane Crawford has questioned Richmond’s training intensity ahead of tonight’s qualifying final against the Hawks.
Crawford said his training spies had told him the Tigers were taking it easy on the track and not pushing themselves too hard.
“I’ve been told it’s sort of a feel-good session … kick the ball around, not too much competitive stuff, move the ball around and feel good about it,” Crawford said on SEN Breakfast.
Crawford said that though the Tigers skills may have looked slick on the training field, it wasn’t necessarily the best preparation for a final.
“A great training session is when you’re still making mistakes because the pressure and the competition, which is your teammates, is making it very much game-style.”
“Then you have sessions where there is no competition, like the old circle work – everyone touches the ball but it makes very little difference to what you’re actually trying to do.”
The Tigers take on Hawthorn in tonight’s qualifying final at the MCG.