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Tigers’ hunting grounds - Adelaide Oval

In the lead-up to the release of the 2019 AFL fixture, richmondfc.com.au is taking a look at the competition’s current main playing venues from a Yellow and Black perspective. We kick off today with the Adelaide Oval.

10:49am  Oct 22, 2018

Lynch large lift for Tigers’ goal rating

A statistical analysis of each AFL club’s strike power up forward, following the competition’s recent trade and free agency period, shows how significant Richmond’s acquisition of Tom Lynch has been.

7:52am  Oct 20, 2018

Tigers not out of their depth

Although Richmond traded out four players during this year’s AFL trade period – Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis, Sam Lloyd and Tyson Stengle – the Club’s depth of playing talent is far from shallow.

2:14pm  Oct 19, 2018

Morris moves forward

Jennifer Phelan  March 1, 2015 11:48 AM

Pre-season Round 1: Hardwick post-match Damien Hardwick speaks to the media after Richmond's pre-season match against the Western Bulldogs.
Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs marks the ball in front of Steven Morris of the Tigers during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 1 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on February 28, 2015. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

Matthew Boyd of the Bulldogs marks the ball in front of Steven Morris of the Tigers during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 1 match between the Western Bulldogs and the Richmond Tigers at Whitten Oval, Melbourne on February 28, 2015. (Photo: Darrian Traynor/AFL Media)

Richmond fans can get used to seeing Steve Morris playing the type of role recently vacated by Jake King, Damien Hardwick says.

Morris, 26, largely played in the Tigers' forward half in their 22-point loss to the Western Bulldogs in their first pre-season challenge hit-out on Saturday at Whitten Oval.

He also captained the team in the absence of Trent Cotchin after his elevation to the leadership group for this season.

Watch the best highlights of Richmond’s pre-season opener against the Western Bulldogs

Hardwick said the tough defender, who played all of last season with a serious shoulder injury, had played a similar role during his Western Jets under 18 days.

"He's been playing that role in our intra-clubs and he's been going really well," Hardwick said.

"He had two shots on goal today and the ball wasn't inside 50 a lot, so he made the most of his opportunities and put enormous pressure on, which we love as well.

"I thought we missed Jake last year in that role ... that pressure-type forward and a bit of an intimidating force up there as well.

"He just puts enormous pressure on and makes players around him better. He'll continue to learn his craft there.

"We'll persevere with that one."

Hear from Chris Knights after yesterday’s game against the Bulldogs

Cotchin, Brett Deledio, Ivan Maric, Dustin Martin, Chris Newman, Alex Rance, Troy Chaplin, Bachar Houli, Nathan Foley, Brandon Ellis, Reece Conca and Shane Edwards were held back from Saturday's game.

Hardwick said the majority of those who missed would be available for their next pre-season clash, which is against Port Adelaide in Albury in a fortnight.

Defender David Astbury was a late omission from the expanded squad, along with Ellis, Conca and Edwards, which meant the Tigers played with a seven-man bench instead of eight.

Hardwick said Astbury, who is coming back from a second serious knee injury, had developed some soreness this week at training.

"He's just got a bit of 'DOMS' [delayed onset muscle soreness] and just with his injury history we decided to pull him out," he said.

"We didn't want to take the risk.

"He was leading our best and fairest in round eight last year [before he got hurt] so we just want to make sure he gets some form up and plays some games to make sure he can put his hand up for that round one spot."

Hardwick also praised the performance of defender Todd Elton, who took on Tom Boyd after thriving in a backline role over the past year.

"I thought he was outstanding on Boyd today," he said.

"He's a guy who's been on our list for three years, but I thought he had the better of the duel, which we're really excited about.

"We've found a player who can play key back on a good player."