The return of Steve Mortlop will strengthen an already strong Cats line-up. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/Michael Dodge
Geelong Cats v Richmond Tigers
Sunday May 4 – 3:20 PM (AEST)
The Geelong Cats would still be in shock. Many would have tipped the streak against Port Adelaide would continue. Beginning way back in the 2007 Grand Final, the Cats have beaten Port 10 times in a row. But in front of over 47,000 fans, the Cats were simply outplayed after quarter-time, going down twelve goals to five.
Coming up against the Richmond Tigers on Sunday, the Cats will look to defend another streak, having beaten the Tigers nine straight.
Despite that hiccup, the Cats are still one the premiership heavyweights. Winning their first five games (including one against Premiers Hawthorn) cements that. Jimmy Bartel continues to lead by example, and Tom Hawkins gives a first-class performance every time his touches the ball. Copping a blow to his knee in the loss to Port, Hawkins needs to pass a fitness test on Friday to clear him to play on Sunday. The likely inclusion of Steven Motlop and Dawson Simpson causes more headaches for the Tigers.
Richmond is a shadow of the team that made the finals last year. Having won only two games this year, the Tigers need to lift. The loss of Brett Deledio to an ankle injury has been devastating. It's put added pressure on skipper Trent Cotchin, and his form has suffered. The return of key defender Alex Rance has come at the perfect time. His timing and ability to read the ball is something the Tigers have been missing over the past few weeks. Dustin Martin will possibly sit this one out after going down in the Hawks game last week.
History between these two teams has Geelong fans ready for another win. Having played 46 times in 30 years, the Cats have rolled the Tigers 38 times. Expect this one to number 39.
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