Damien Hardwick. Picture: Supplied/Gold Coast Suns

Damien Hardwick. Picture: Supplied/Gold Coast Suns

Damien Hardwick and Adem Yze both found positives in the Suns' 39-point win over the Tigers

Damien Hardwick was cautiously pleased with the Suns 39-point victory over a Richmond side that won back a lot of respect with a fighting display after half-time.

“You could see the style that we’re trying to implement, and I was happy with the way the boys were trying to go about that”, Hardwick said after his charges opened up a 10-goal lead before having to withstand a second-half Richmond resurgence.

“We always knew the Tigers would come back.  They’re a proud footy club, and they were missing a few players that make an enormous difference to what that game looks like.”

The Suns coach thought that his side was dominant for three of the game’s four quarters.  

“I think the numbers would suggest that,” Hardwick said.

“Even the third (quarter), I think the inside 50s were about the same. We just couldn’t score.”

One thing Hardwick was especially pleased with was the Suns’ response to underwhelming practice match form.

“I was really pleased that our fans and our players could see how we wanted to play: how we wanted to go about it.,” he said.

“We really challenged the midfield group after last week.  There’s a level of expectation that these guys, if they do control the game, the game will be played in our half.

“There’s things in our game that were OK, but we can get better.”


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Adem Yze, after his first game as Richmond coach, remained upbeat despite the defeat.

“We were all over the shop in the first half, in all three phases, and our players know that. I’m proud of our players in response.  It looked like a Richmond game in the second half,” the Tigers’ boss said.

“We were beaten 18-8 at centre bounces.  Their ruck was really potent, which we knew going into the game.  We did flip the script on that in the second half.  5.5 from stoppages in the first half was the biggest ticket and we had to change that at half time, which we did.  Our leaders weren’t happy with how we started.”

Yze was quick to praise two of his big men and one of his most junior players in getting his team back into the game.

“Noah Balta going into the ruck I thought was terrific.  Sam Naismith toiled away and fought hard.  Seth Campbell could have kicked three or four today and didn’t look out of place,” he said.

Richmond needs to recover quickly, facing Carlton in a blockbuster clash at the MCG next Thursday night. The Gold Coast Suns play at home once more in round one, hosting Adelaide on Saturday night.

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