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Time for talk is over says Richmond coach Damien Hardwick

Canberra Times logo Canberra Times 1/05/2014 Daniel Cherny
Enough talk boys: Richmond coach Damien Hardwick wants action from his team © Pat Scala Enough talk boys: Richmond coach Damien Hardwick wants action from his team

Richmond's players have been vocal this week about the Tigers redressing their poor form, but it will count for little if the side is yet again unable to find its best form on Sunday against Geelong.

The Tigers are set to regain key pair Brett Deledio (Achillies) and Alex Rance (foot) for the MCG clash against the Cats, while their opponents have recalled Steven Motlop for his first game of the season, with the livewire forward finally having overcome a longstanding knee injury. Ruckman Dawson Simpson also is in the Geelong team. 

For flailing Richmond though, talk has become cheap according to coach Damien Hardwick.

"It's good to all talk about it. We've just got to start seeing the actions again, because we're all tired of probably saying we're not playing as well as we'd actually like," Hardwick said on Thursday.

He outlined how senior personnel had been open with teammates about the side's pressing need to lift its game in the wake of a 66-point drubbing by Hawthorn last Sunday.

"Funnily enough the players took over. They were really disappointed. They always have input in the review but this week was probably the loudest they've been, which is great to see," Hardwick said.

"The players, if they see something, 'Do something' is probably the motto, not only in this club but in most clubs.

"We want to start seeing some dividends of the work we're putting in."

Hardwick indicated that banished ruckman Ty Vickery was on the cusp of a return to the AFL, having adhered to the coach's mandate at VFL level over the past fortnight.

"Ty's put his hand up. We're really happy with him offensively, defensively he improved as well, so he's done everything right. It was more about the balance of our forward half," Hardwick said.

"Ty's kicked some goals. He's kicked four last week, probably two or three the week prior as well, so we're pleased with where he's at. He's probably gone back and done exactly what we expected him to do."

Richmond has a mere two victories from six games this season, and for the second consecutive week faces top-four opposition. However, whereas last week the Tigers entered the Hawks' clash having had convincing wins against them in recent seasons, the tale is a vastly different one against Geelong, with Richmond having not tasted victory against the Cats since round nine 2006.

Languishing on the AFL ladder's 13th rung, after having entered the season with lofty ambitions, Hardwick would be forgiven had he hoped for softer opposition this week.

However, he has remained upbeat.

"I think, as a player and as a coaching group, we always like to play the good sides. You always give yourself a chance. You just want to go out and play the best game of footy you can," Hardwick said.

"We know when we get our game up and going we're capable of beating anyone. Unfortunately this year we haven't shown that really at any stage.

"There's been stages throughout  games, two or three quarters have been OK but one quarter's let us down, and that's been the disappointing thing from our form point of view, so we're looking to eradicate those mistakes that are letting sides back in the game."

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