Geelong coach Chris Scott has brushed aside suggestions that his side will take an injury-hit Richmond lightly this week.
The Tigers have lost superstar Dustin Martin to a ruptured kidney, but Scott was quick to point out the quality that remains.
“There’s two ways of looking at it for us,” he told media on Thursday.
“Given that they’ve been so successful with a really structured plan and operation over the last few years… even though he’s the best player in the comp, there will be another really good player who comes and plays a similar role to him.
“Or we could take a different view, which I think would be a mistake and that is to assume that they’re going to be less potent without him.”
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Geelong defeated Richmond by 63 points when the sides met in round eight. However, both clubs have lost players to the injury list since then.
The Cats forward line has performed well in the absence of star recruit Jeremy Cameron. Scott says that Richmond has the depth to trouble his team, however.
“I think they’ve shown over a long period of time that they can produce really high level of players with guys that can come in and do the job.
“We’re full of respect for what they can deliver and we’re casting a broad view across their best players and make sure we’re ready for what they bring.”
Geelong will welcome back Gary Rohan and Lachie Henderson. Both players have been in good form this season.
The coach also highlighted the performance of Rhys Stanley.
“I think he can,” said Scott when asked if the ruckman could make a big impact in the remaining games.
“I thought he was very good last week against one of the best ruckmen in the comp [Fremantle’s Sean Darcy].
“I thought Rhys more than matched him… physically he’s in good shape. There’s no reason to think he cant be really good for us.”
Geelong had hoped to play their home game against the Tigers at GMHBA Stadium. The request was denied by the AFL, a move that Scott was philosophical about.
“I prefer to look at it more from the other side… The AFL is in an impossible situation to try to manage everything and if this is an issue that slips down the priority list, then I think all fair-minded people should be able to live with that. That includes us.”
Geelong play Richmond at the MCG on Sunday at 3:20 pm.
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