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‘Entitled to their opinion’: Hardwick says Tigers are still in the hunt

Damien Hardwick believes Richmond are “still in the hunt” for a fourth premiership in five seasons but concedes his club must rediscover “the Richmond way” after two losses on the trot.

Hardwick also revealed midfielder Dion Prestia would miss Thursday’s game against Gold Coast with hamstring soreness and said Tom Lynch was a good chance to return from injury along with defender David Astbury.

Dynasty over? Damien Hardwick says people are entitled to their opinion.

Dynasty over? Damien Hardwick says people are entitled to their opinion.Credit:Getty Images

A candid Hardwick said his side was not scoring off turnovers enough, as is their trademark when up and running. He also said that injuries were having a devastating impact on the team’s cohesion and that coaches and players needed to work harder to get more out of those stepping in to the side to fill vacancies.

Asked about worries that the Tigers dynasty was coming to an end after flags in 2017, 2019 and 2020, Hardwick alluded to his team’s experience in charging home late in the season.

“People are entitled to their opinion. They’re news-makers, that’s what they do. They are after big headlines,” Hardwick said.

“We have been in this situation before. It does feel a little bit different with the amount of personnel going in and out [and] we are not playing well.

“This group have responded before and I am pretty sure they will respond again.

“We’re still in the hunt there’s no doubt about that. We have just got to make sure we give ourselves the best chance of making the finals and then we see what can happen from there.”

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