Richmond vice-captain Jack Riewoldt has been met by a similar sense of anticipation on the eve of the finals, after enduring a season unlike anything else he has experienced in his 279-game and 14-year journey.
“It is different, it’s completely different. But it is still finals, it is still exciting, and we are still in with a chance, as another seven clubs are of winning the premiership,” Riewoldt said while speaking to the media this week.
“We are thrilled to be here; we have worked hard over the year to get ourselves into this position and we are really excited by what Friday night brings.”
The 31-year-old said the Club had learned some lessons from the past three years finishing in the top four but regardless would still need to perform at their best against an in-form Brisbane.
“We have found ourselves in this position before and we have been successful. We are extremely humble to have been able to be successful over the last (few) years, but when it comes down to it, it means very little in terms of the performance for the (current) year,” he explained.
“It’s a different kettle of fish as every finals (series) is and every game is.”
The key forward downplayed the Tigers’ historical record over the Lions, instead highlighting their opposition’s strong 2020 season.
“I think records mean very little. They are a fantastic side, they are very well coached, they have players and leaders all over the ground that can win a game for them," Riewoldt said.
“They are the opponent this week and we know they can perform well, they finished second on the ladder for a reason. Going against them at the Gabba is going to be a big ask, but one we feel like we are up to.”
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