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Skipper Shane set tone for Tigers

Round 4: Edwards' first win as captain Shane Edwards speaks to Fox Footy following the Round 4 win over Port Adelaide.

Shane Edwards led by example, producing an inspirational performance in his first game as Richmond’s captain, against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval yesterday.

Edwards, utilising his trademark creativity across the team’s half-back line, had 23 disposals, including 11 contested possessions, 11 intercepts, four rebound-50s, three inside-50s, took five marks, applied and finished with 380 metres gained to help lift the undermanned Tigers to a truly memorable win.

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He told ‘Fox Footy’ in a post-match, on-field interview how he’d handled the extra responsibility as Richmond’s fill-in skipper . . .

“I suppose as captain you want to perform a lot better, but the guys reassured me – the coaches, 'Dimma' (Damien Hardwick) and ‘Cotch’ (Trent Cotchin) – they just said keep doing what you’re doing,” Edwards said.

“'Everyone’s going to lift five percent. You lift five percent and that’s how we’re going to win the game'.”

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Edwards was extremely proud of the way the Tigers, minus the services of superstars Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Alex Rance and Dustin Martin, went about their business against the Power.

“It was a special effort,” he said.

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“This is one of the hardest places to play in the whole league and Port make it their fortress.

“We just had to grind it out, and that’s what we did.”