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Cats will need to prise flag from Richmond’s grip: Selwood

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick said whichever team executed the fundamentals best would win and believed it was fitting that two teams which had been in the near the top of the ladder in recent seasons would fight for the flag.

“I think it is going to be a great game of footy with two pretty good sides who have been playing a great brand of footy for a number of years and I think it’s about time we played off in a grand final,” Hardwick said.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (left) and Geelong counterpart Joel Selwood with the premiership cup.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin (left) and Geelong counterpart Joel Selwood with the premiership cup.Credit:Getty Images

Both coaches said they would take unchanged teams into the grand final with Scott set to join Hardwick as a two-time premiership coach if the Cats prevail at the Gabba.

Scott said although the Cats were confident that their plan could beat the Tigers, its execution under pressure remained Geelong’s big challenge. He said Richmond deserved to be slight favourites.

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“I’d said over and over again they have clearly been the best team of the last three or four years, there is no doubting that,” Scott said.

“They have been the benchmark and they should – and I am sure they do – have real confidence in their system.”

Selwood will lead the team into a grand final for the first time after playing in three premierships before he turned 24 and will played alongside Gary Ablett for the final time in their fourth grand final as teammates.

Selwood said the desire to send Ablett off in style would provide “very little” extra motivation, however he hoped they would be able to celebrate together at the end of the match.

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Cotchin will become the first Richmond player to be a three-time premiership captain if the Tigers win and the eighth person in the game’s history to be captain in three flags.

The Tigers are looking to win back-to-back flags for the first time since 1973-74 with Cotchin defending their culture despite a number of off-field incidents throughout 2020.

“We are really proud of what we have created and continue to create,” Cotchin said.

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