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VFL Grand Final squad

The VFL Tigers have named the extended squad that will contest Sunday’s VFL Grand Final against Port Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

1:51pm  Sep 22, 2017

Hardwick tells Tigers to ignore history

Richmond's past will have no bearing on Saturday's preliminary final against GWS, and that includes the strong form they bring in, according to coach Damien Hardwick.

12:25pm  Sep 22, 2017

Top 10 Tiger preliminary final memories

In the lead-up to Richmond’s 2017 preliminary final against GWS at the MCG on Saturday, Tony Greenberg lists his top 10 Tiger preliminary final memories

11:26am  Sep 22, 2017

Top defensive connection boosts Tigers

Tony Greenberg,  September 14, 2017 7:17 AM

QF: Vlastuin's pivotal performance Highlights of Nick Vlastuin's Qualifying Final against Geelong.
AFL 2017 Second Qualifying Final - Geelong v Richmond

Dylan Grimes and Alex Rance fly to spoil Tom Hawkins last Friday night

A strong, settled defence has been a major component in Richmond’s resurgence this season.

The Tigers are ranked second competition-wide for points conceded on the back of stout defensive efforts from players such as Alex Rance, David Astbury Dylan Grimes and Nick Vlastuin, plus good rebound provided by Bachar Houli and Brandon Ellis.

“It’s really great . . . We haven’t had many changes in our backline at all over the last couple of years,” Grimes said on SEN.

“We’ve had a lot of players hit their straps, really.

“Dave Astbury has had his best season, I think Nick Vlastuin’s had his best season, and Alex Rance was All Australian captain as well.

“So it’s great to see those blokes get the recognition that we’ve rated them internally on the last few years . . .

“To play that amount of footy together, it helps a lot. And it’s something you can’t really manufacture overnight, that connection.

“We’ve got an enormous amount of faith in each other . . .

“The good part about those blokes is they’re just solid defenders, first and foremost, and then they win the ball and we’re able to work off them from there.

“You’re not rolling the dice or gambling on defence at all.

“They’re just locking their blokes away, which is critical and then we build our game from there.”