Dustin Martin won’t play Gold Coast this weekend, but Richmond manager Damien Hardwick won’t be surprised to see his lame star back at the Tigers’ side a week later.
Richmond coach Damien Hardwick wouldn’t be surprised if paralyzed superstar Dustin Martin missed just a week of football.
The breakthrough superstar will not play in this weekend’s clash against Gold Coast after scans on Monday confirmed he had suffered a minor hamstring strain.
Martin was substituted early in the third quarter in the Tigers’ win over West Coast with Richmond taking no chances after experiencing some “hamstring strains”.
But Hardwick is optimistic his Brownlow medalist could make it back for a date with North Melbourne in less than two weeks.
“He had a scan today… he’ll be out this week and he’ll probably be iffy for the second week at this point,” Hardwick said on Fox Footy’s AFL360.
“But Dustin has had injuries like this before where he missed a game and then played the next.
“He’s obviously a strong kid and once again Dusty is very important to us at a really high level.”
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The 31-year-old was at his best this season before the injury, amassing 17 disposals, four releases and scoring one goal.
The Tigers said Monday Martin would be reevaluated next week.
Richmond – who have won seven of their last nine games – meet Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium on Saturday afternoon before a Round 18 clash with bottom-placed Roos.
Martin missed round 14 through illness but has played every other game since returning from round eight from private leave.
Hardwick was full of praise for Martin’s “electrifying” first-half performance, particularly his use of the ball which helped set the pace for the Tigers in the first half.
“He was really good,” Hardwick said.
“He had his agility back, the ability to move the ball and see the ground. His kick was a one today too. He had a good game. A really good game.”
The Tigers were expected to regain onballer Dion Prestia from concussion protocols this week but are still without midfielder Trent Cotchin (collarbone) and key defender Noah Balta (hamstring).
“He (Prestia) is fine. He’s running and then he’ll train a little bit… and then we’ll evaluate from there,” he said.
“Once again we are confident that he will get up, but the doctors call the shots.”
Tigers take eighth place after reacting to fear
– Nick D’Urbano
Richmond reclaimed his place in the top eight to finish the round after beating a spirited performance by a rejuvenated West Coast team with 35 points at the MCG.
Tested by the Eagles from the start, the Tigers were without the services of Dustin Martin for most of the second half after he was substituted with a hamstring injury.
Martin pleaded for a safe best on the ground with a productive first-half performance that developed into his best outing of the season so far as he helped the Tigers build a 39-point lead early in the third term.
The Eagles didn’t lie down lightly, however, and looked a far cry from the side that folded like a cheap suit earlier this season against the 109-point Tigers.
West Coast brought the lead to as much as 11 points late in the third quarter when Tim Kelly (40 disposals, nine releases) and Luke Shuey (26 disposals, 11 releases) were at work following the tremendous chaos of the returning Nic Naitanui.
In the end, the Tigers showed when it counted, displaying enough class and assertiveness to finish last season’s game – scoring five goals in the last quarter for two – and securing their ninth win of the season, which put them in seventh place Director.
Daniel Rioli (28 disposals, nine goals involved) and Nathan Broad (20 disposals, 11 points) were sensational for the Tigers, leading from the back half while spreading the load from a goalscorer’s perspective as 12 individual players hit the scoreboard seven of which scored several goals.
Also, out of contract Liam Baker shone against the side he was closely associated with this offseason, scoring two key goals to stem the Eagles’ second-half run with 21 retirements.
Despite another loss, Adam Simpson will find many positives from the performance as the Eagles put on one of their best performances this season.
Even without Josh Kennedy, the Eagles still found a way to score and posted their second-highest scoring that year.
However, they will sweat over the fitness of Elliot Yeo, who was substituted from the game with a hamstring injury and continues his miserable streak on the injury front this season.
NIC NAT RETURN
The West Coast is slowly beginning to win back the cavalry at the end of the season and Nic Naitanui was the latest to make his long-awaited return to the senior squad on Sunday afternoon.
Naitanui had been on the sidelines for nearly three months since injuring his medial ligament in round four against Collingwood, and the ruckman was bumped back into the sidelines after a dominant performance in his comeback game for the Eagles’ WAFL team last week , only to play his fourth game this season.
It wasn’t an easy task for the two-time All-Australian, who was up against the imposing Premier League ruck duo Toby Nankervis and Ivan Soldo, but Naitanui put in a superb performance, giving the Eagles midfielders first with his tremendous tap work Bet and follow as he finished the game with 19 disposals, 26 hits and six releases.
DAN RIOLI SHINES AGAIN
Daniel Rioli is on a season off as halfback.
After one of his best performances since moving to the back six at the end of last season, Rioli backed up his sensational display from eight days earlier with another striking performance – damaging both ends of the field with his solid defense and attacking exit.
Rioli was particularly able to impose his authority on the competition in the second quarter, where his rebound from halfback helped set the pace for the Tigers, which ended with 28 dismounts, nine goal contributions and 478 yards gained, along with a superb running goal early in the game game term.
TIGERS 4.2 11.4 15.5 20.8 (128)
EAGLE 2.4 5.6 11.11 13.15 (93)
THE BEST OF D’URBANO
TIGER: D.Rioli, Broad, Pickett, Martin, Short, Graham, Baker
Eagle: Kelly, Shuey, Naitanui, Cripps, Hough, Redden, Waterman
TIGER: Riewoldt 3, Bolton 2, Baker 2, Pickett 2, McIntosh 2, Lynch 2, Edwards 2, Martin, D.Rioli, M.Rioli, Gibcus, Castagna
Eagle: Cripps 3, Kelly 2, W.Rioli, Darling, Naitanui, Ryan, West, Trew, Petrucelle, Waterman
TIGER: Martin (Hip Tendon Consciousness)
Eagle: Yeo (thigh)
REFEREE: Fischer, Nicholls, Dore
VENUE: 39,991 at MCG
THE VOICES OF NICK D’URBANO
3. Tim Kelly (WM)
2. Daniel Rioli (RIC)
1. Nathan Broad (RIC)
Originally published as AFL 2022 Richmond v West Coast: all the news, reactions from round 16 of the competition
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