Dusty to bounce back against Eagles after down day

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    Beware the wounded Tiger.

    Richmond superstar Dustin Martin had a rare off day in a 10-point win against North Melbourne, but Damien Hardwick fully expects him to come out firing against West Coast.

    Even AFL superstars can learn a lesson here and there and Martin has food for thought after he became master tagger Ben Jacobs’ latest scalp.

    The Brownlow Medal winner was kept to just 16 possessions by Jacobs, who has bested the likes of Tom Mitchell, Luke Parker and Robbie Gray this season.

    “Dusty was probably beaten, there’s no doubt. Jacobs has done some really good jobs on some good players,” coach Damien Hardwick said.

    “(Dusty) had some opportunities up forward, he just didn’t quite get the bounce of the ball today. He’ll learn from it and get better.

    “He’s had one of his quieter ones but he’ll bounce back against a good side next week versus West Coast.”

    But even though Martin didn’t rack up the stats and hit the scoreboard as he can, he still found a way to influence the game late.

    He was redeployed up forward in the last quarter and had a hand in Trent Cotchin’s pivotal goal then found Dan Butler, who kicked the last goal of the contest.

    “He’s such an important player for us and the great thing about it is when he’s not working in the midfield I can throw him up forward, and that’s a bonus for me as well,” Hardwick said.

    Hardwick’s men will face the Eagles in a top-of-the-table clash at Optus Stadium on Sunday after both sides continued their winning ways in round eight.

    Adam Simpson’s second-placed team defeated GWS by 25 points at Spotless Stadium to make it seven wins in a row and improve to a 7-1 record.

    Richmond, top of the ladder by percentage after winning their sixth match on the trot, will visit Perth’s new stadium for the first time.

    “It’s a great venue … you only have to sit and watch it on TV to see the cauldron-like atmosphere,” Hardwick said.

    “West Coast were outstanding (against the Giants) with a depleted line-up, they get one or two guys back this week and we look forward to the challenge.”

    © AAP 2018

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    • May 14th 2018 @ 4:15pm
      Don Freo said | May 14th 2018 @ 4:15pm | ! Report

      Dusty had a ‘day off’ against Fyfey and his mob the week before. Not setting the world on fire at the mo.

      • May 14th 2018 @ 4:29pm
        Slane said | May 14th 2018 @ 4:29pm | ! Report

        Imagine if he had kicked his 4 goals. It would have been an honourable 105 point loss for the rabble in purple.

    • May 14th 2018 @ 4:50pm
      Don Freo said | May 14th 2018 @ 4:50pm | ! Report

      The point is…he didn’t.

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        May 14th 2018 @ 6:25pm
        Mattician6x6 said | May 14th 2018 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

        True but I’m sure he’d take a 77pt victory over personal glory anyday

        • May 16th 2018 @ 3:21pm
          BigAl said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:21pm | ! Report

          Well . . . I wouldn’t guarantee that – for him – or any player.

    • May 14th 2018 @ 6:39pm
      Fergus said | May 14th 2018 @ 6:39pm | ! Report

      So much for being untagable

      He’ll probably bounce back as he won’t be tagged, or tagged by someone of the same quality as Jacobs.

      • May 14th 2018 @ 10:35pm
        DJW said | May 14th 2018 @ 10:35pm | ! Report

        Hutchings might get the go with. Been pretty good tagger.

    • May 16th 2018 @ 3:19pm
      BigAl said | May 16th 2018 @ 3:19pm | ! Report

      … the affectation that the (Vic) media has for this player just keeps rollin’ on !

      Pretty much mirrors the AFL’s attitude.

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