Calling the Tiger Army: Hardwick wants ‘G to be a cauldron against Eagles
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has summoned the Tiger Army to help his side get over the line against West Coast on Sunday.
The 2017 flag winners host last year's premiers at the MCG in a blockbuster showdown and possible grand final preview.
The Tigers boast Dustin Martin back in their lineup after a week off, but will miss Trent Cotchin for one more week as the club takes a conservative approach to his hamstring injury.
In their skipper's absence, Hardwick has called on the league's strongest membership to help fill the MCG and help them secure a top four place.
"I've been at a lot of footy clubs around my time and I've never quite seen the electric atmosphere that the Richmond fanbase can bring," he said.
"60,000 plus would be very, very nice to get a cauldron-like effect so we can give them a Richmond-like welcome."
A bumper crowd has certainly boosted the Tigers before.
The defining characteristic of Richmond's run to the 2017 premiership was enormous finals crowds at the MCG, unrivalled in the AFL era.
Then there's the small matter of umpires favouring home crowds.
Champion Data figures show no side has been awarded more free kicks in the last 20 years than the Eagles, benefiting from parochial crowds in Perth.
"They get a lot of free kicks? We don't get many," Hardwick cheekily said.
Hardwick wasn't as playful when discussing the threat the Eagles pose across all lines of the ground.
"Their forward line is incredibly difficult [to match up on] because they've got such quality talls and they've also got quality smalls along the line," he said.
"They've got an outstanding midfield mix as well. Then you go to the back line and they're very good as well.
"They're just a very well rounded, well drilled, well coached side. I've got enormous respect for them," he said.
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