Former Saints great Nick Dal Santo has praised the Tigers for their mid-season revival amid a horror injury toll.
Damien Hardwick’s side has survived a host of injuries to key players this season, including Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt and Alex Rance, yet currently sit inside the top four.
And Dal Santo believes Richmond deserve more credit for their impressive form.
“We’ve gone up and down with the Tigers, you go to the start of the year, they’re right back in the hunt, they just need things to fall into place, they won’t muck up on Prelim night again and away they go,” he told SEN Afternoons.
“A couple of weeks in with Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance and Trent Cotchin going down, you think this could be one of those years.
“I spoke to someone who worked for that football club. They wanted to get to the mid-year break comfortable with 6-6, then they could launch into the second half of the year.
“They deserve credit. They travelled to Perth and had a great performance, and then came back at beat the Hawks who the week before just rolled the Giants.
“They just get the job done, but there’s something special about the Tigers.
“You can’t see it and you can’t touch it, but you can feel it. All of a sudden Jason Castagna is his old self, Josh Caddy is back and you’re starting to think the passion is back.”
The former St Kilda midfielder highlighted the resurgence of Dustin Martin, who collected 37 disposals and booted two goals in a best-on-ground performance in Sunday’s win over Hawthorn.
“Dusty Martin has been going through the motions for two months and he puts on a clinic yesterday,” he said.
“It had this feeling of I’m going to stamp this one and just let people remember that I’m still here.”