Trent Cotchin continued the fine tradition of Richmond skippers captaining the Victorian team to victory in last night’s special State-of-Origin Bushfire Relief match against the All Stars at Marvel Stadium.

Cotchin, following in the Tiger/Big V captaincy footsteps of Royce Hart (v SA in 1973), Francis Bourke (v WA 1977 and ACT 1980), Kevin Bartlett (post-season 1980 carnival) and Dale Weightman (v WA in 1987 and 1988), produced a trademark inspirational performance.

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On a night where skilful, fast, open, attacking football was all the rage, Cotchin provided the contrast with his exemplary defensive work right throughout the match.

Time and again he threw himself into the fray or ran hard to pressurise opponents and then win the ball back for the Vics.

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Team Victoria's press conference after the State of Origin.

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Although superstar Victorian Tiger teammate Dustin Martin was a most worthy winner of the State-of-Origin Medal as best on ground, Cotchin’s efforts also were deserving of considerable praise.

He played a pivotal role in the Big V’s 46-point win through the strong leadership he provided, as well as the midfield grunt he displayed.