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Tigers midfielder injured, Cats ‘the best side we have played all year’

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Richmond’s wretched injury run has continued with Tigers midfielder Shane Edwards in doubt for next round after he hurt his ankle in a demoralising loss to Geelong at the MCG.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick said the All-Australian may join Trent Cotchin, Kane Lambert and Dion Prestia on the sidelines, forcing the club to reach deep into their midfield resources to play the Giants in round nine.

Edwards’ injury occurred late in the match when the result was beyond doubt with Hardwick saying the addition of Jeremy Cameron, Shaun Higgins and Isaac Smith to the Cats had made last year’s grand finalist a formidable opponent.

“They have got better again, we have got to catch them. They are probably the best side we have played all year,” Hardwick said.

He said Richmond expected to play better than they did in the second half and would need to keep working hard to ensure they remained in contention.

“We have got to hang tough, but that is what we do, we have got some work to do to catch the very best sides in the competition this year because that ain’t us,” Hardwick said.

Shane Edwards leaves the field injured in the loss to Geelong.

Shane Edwards leaves the field injured in the loss to Geelong.Credit:Getty Images

Geelong coach Chris Scott said he had no doubt Richmond would bounce back but the win would build the confidence of the Cats’ emerging talent.

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