Hawthorn Ready To Bounce Back

Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/George Salpigtidis
Jarryd Roughead knows how to kick goals for the Hawks. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au/George Salpigtidis

Richmond v Hawthorn

MCG

Sunday April 27, 3:20pm AEST

Form: 

Richmond: LWLLW

Hawks: WWWWL

Why watch? 

The Hawks always seem to struggle against Richmond and it will be interesting to see how they respond after their loss to Geelong on Easter Monday. Hawthorn remain the overwhelming premiership favourites and will be keen to get back on the winners' list. The Tigers have been one of the big disappointments so far this year, but often save their best against the Hawks.

Match notes 

- Sam Mitchell and Shaun Burgoyne will play their 250th match

- Dan Jackson plays his 150th match

- Richmond have won the past two clashes between the two sides by an average margin of 51.5 points

- Hawthorn have had the least amount of tackles in 2014, averaging just 50 a game

- The Hawks' score of 87 against Geelong was their lowest of the season

Say what? 

"Probably the hard thing that people don't realise, is we started rebuilding at a stage where all the (draft) picks went north.  GWS and Gold Coast came in, so we, in effect, didn't get the talent that a lot of other teams were going to get," Damien Hardwick said.

Key injuries



Richmond 


Brett Deledio (ankle) - 1-2 weeks

Aaron Edwards (knee) - test

Nathan Foley (calf) - 1 week

Jake King (foot) - TBC

Chris Knights (knee) - TBC

Ivan Maric (ankle) - 2 weeks

Alex Rance (foot) – test

Hawthorn 

Brad Sewell (hamstring) - 1 week

Liam Shiels (AC joint) - 2-3 weeks

Matt Spangher (ankle) - 2-3 weeks

Brendan Whitecross (knee) - indefinite

Last five games



Richmond 


L 18 Gold Coast

W 12 Carlton

L 2 Western Bulldogs

L 38 Collingwood

W 43 Brisbane Lions

Hawthorn 

W 48 Brisbane Lions

W 4 Essendon

W 58 Fremantle

W 99 Gold Coast

L 19 Geelong

Last five between clubs 

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Fantasy factoid 

Trent Cotchin had his best performance of the season against Brisbane last week. The Tigers skipper has a good record against the Hawks as well with 30+ possession games in his last two.

Cold hard fact 

Hawthorn haven't lost back-to-back games since Rounds 4 and 5 2012.



Final word 

You wouldn't best against Hawthorn in this one, but the Tigers do have a few things in their favour. Not only do they seemingly match up well against the Hawks, but they are coming off a 10-day break, while Hawthorn will have just six days after their brutal clash with the Cats. But despite that we expect the reigning premiers to bounce back and get the job done.

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