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Cotchin sets tone for Tigers

If you looked at the raw statistical numbers alone, you could be forgiven for thinking that Richmond captain Trent Cotchin is struggling just a tad at the moment.

5:55pm  Jul 21, 2018

VFLW Tigers grounded by NT Thunder

The VFLW Tigers suffered a 23-point defeat to NT Thunder on Saturday afternoon in Round 11 at the Swinburne Centre.

5:15pm  Jul 21, 2018

Round 16 VFL squad named

The VFL Tigers have named an extended squad for this Sunday’s Round 16 clash against Sandringham.

4:38pm  Jul 21, 2018

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.
Dylan Grimes and Alex Rance fly to spoil Tom Hawkins last Friday night - Richmond Tigers,Dylan Grimes

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.”