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Dusty to triumph over tag

Hardwick press conference, April 9 Damien Hardwick speaks to the media, ahead of the second match of the season.
Dustin Martin of the Tigers fends of Simon White of the Blues during the 2015 AFL Round 01 match between the Carlton Blues and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on April 02, 2015. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Dustin Martin deals with close checking from Simon White in round one

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is confident Tiger star Dustin Martin will bounce back from a subdued opening round performance, in the Round 2 match against the Western Bulldogs at the MCG tomorrow (Saturday).

Martin, coming off an impressive pre-season, was kept in close check by Carlton in Round 1, finishing with just 13 disposals, but Hardwick has no doubt he has the capacity to overcome a tight tag.

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“It’s going to happen (getting tagged) . . . From our point of view, Dustin’s handled a tag before, he’ll handle a tag again,” Hardwick said. 

“The great thing about Dustin is you can throw him forward, he can kick goals. 

“You look at the guys like Jobe Watson and Josh Kennedy, those bigger-bodied inside ‘mids’ . . . they’re basically untaggable.  Dustin will get to that stage, I’ve got no doubt.”

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