Tigers licking wounds after Swans demolition

Richmond head into a six day break with casualties. Photo: Richmond FC

Richmond is coming into a six day break bruised and battered after key players Dion Prestia and Kamdyn McIntosh were ruled out of Saturday afternoon’s clash, while skipper Trent Cotchin ended the day iced up on the sidelines.

The injury toll comes after the reigning premiers were comprehensively beaten by a red-hot Sydney side by 45 points at the MCG.

Prestia was a casualty early in the first quarter with a hamstring complaint and after dealing with multiple soft tissue injuries in recent years, the Tigers will be cautious with him.

“There’s a fair chance he’s going to miss multiple weeks going forward,” coach Damien Hardwick said.

“He’s one of the best transition midfielders going around. We felt we lacked a but of that today, Sydney showed us up a bit in that area. Their work rate contest to contest was strong.”

With Prestia to be sidelined for the next few weeks, Hardwick alluded to a potential debut of Will Martyn, the 44th selection in the 2019 draft.

“Jack Ross is a player we think highly of, and another player in Will Martyn,” he said.

“[Martyn is] another transition midfielder that we like so we’ll sit there and assess during the week which one of those boys will come in to fill that role.”

Captain Trent Cotchin may also be an omission for the Tigers trip to face Port Adelaide after he had ice applied to his hamstring and groin of his left leg.

“He’s had injury history over the course of the last number of years; we iced him up,” Hardwick stated post game.

“We’ll assess that. Back to back six day breaks [so] we’ll make a decision on whether he goes to Adelaide and figure it out from there.”

Kamdyn McIntosh was on the receiving end of a nasty collision with Dane Rampe, and will be expected to go through the 12-day concussion protocol. The stretcher was called but he was able to walk off the ground from the broadcast wing late in the match.

“He’s lucky,” Hardwick admitted.

“It looked horrible to be fair and I’m just glad he’s walking around at this stage.”

Additionally, Nick Vlastuin missed today’s match with a knee issue, and further scans have shown issues for the star backman.

“He’s had a secondary scan which hasn’t come back good actually. He’ll miss at least another month at this stage,” he said.

In better news for the Tigers, Bachar Houli got through three quarters in the VFL and will put his hand up for selection against Port Adelaide.

“He hasn’t done a lot since the Grand Final last year so it was always going to take a little bit of time, we did the right thing in buying him that week, [so] he’ll put his hand up to play next week,” Hardwick said.

Hardwick was full of praise for the young Swans side, who he labelled as “simply brilliant”.

“Some of their stuff was Richmond-like, their forward half turnover game was very strong,” he said.

“Credit where credit’s due, I thought they were simply outstanding.”

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