Everyone has been made plainly aware this season of the injury crisis that’s gripped the Tigers. What isn’t grabbing as many headlines, however, is that – as of Round 14 – they’re ninth on the AFL ladder.
Last year’s minor premiers were viewed as a premiership contender coming into this season, and there’s no doubt they’re one of the best teams in the competition when they field their best 22.
But have they already fallen too far behind the finals pack?
With a whopping 16 percentage points between them and eighth place – and a tough run home – is there a chance the Tigers will sensationally miss the finals altogether?
We got Roar AFL expert Marnie Cohen to analyse Richmond’s run home and make a call on whether they’ll play September football.
Listen to the discussion:
Damien Hardwick’s charges have dealt with more than their fair share of injuries this season, losing a host of stars for extended periods including Alex Rance, Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Shane Edwards, Toby Nankervis, Jayden Short, Kane Lambert and David Astbury.
After a promising start to 2019, the lack of star power has seen the Tigers fall badly out of form lately. Three straight losses in excess of five goals have them behind the eight-ball in a big way.