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Geelong claim underdog status ahead of grand final

Richmond were far too good for Geelong at Metricon Stadium in round 17 restricting the Cats to just one goal in the first three quarters with Scott saying the match gave them a solid reminder of the Tigers’ capabilities.

“I’ll be honest, there was a little bit of a sense that during the year that maybe these guys weren’t quite where they had been in previous years,” Scott said. “That game snuffed that out a little bit and the games subsequent to that.”

I’ll be honest, there was a little bit of a sense that during the year that maybe these guys weren’t quite where they had been in previous years … That game snuffed that out a little bit

“Round 17 showed us they are going to be hard to beat [and] hard to score against. Their system is second nature to them.”

As he heads into his second grand final Scott said the Cats would need to take more calculated risks than they had in the home and away game if they wanted to beat the Tigers.

“To beat them you need to be able to score,” Scott said.

“What they want you to do is open yourself up so much that in trying to score.”

Geelong remains unbeaten at the Gabba in 2020 while the Tigers preferred to play their home final at Metricon Stadium when they had the option of choosing where to play their semi-final.

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Scott chuckled at the notion they might have some advantage over the Tigers at the Gabba but said if it helped build confidence within the group he was happy to play along.

“We’ll try to talk ourselves into it. If we’re relying on the ground to get over the Tigers, we’ll be in trouble,” Scott said.

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